As part of our current Guest Room open call, which focuses on historic photographic processes, we are collaborating with Alternative Processes to bring you a cyanotype toning workshop! Cyanotype toning is a process used to alter the color and contrast of cyanotype prints. By immersing the print in a solution that includes substances such as calcium carbonate or sodium carbonate, you can bleach the image. Subsequently, you have the ability to alter the initial blue color to various hues like sepia or brown through the toning process. Toning agents include; green, black, rooibos tea, coffee, wine, berry juice etc. This toning process can add depth, mood, and a "vintage" feel to the print. Bring your own cyanotype print to tone and follow our live step-by-step instructions!
Our Guest Room open call is being curated by Varun Gupta (Director of the Chennai Photo Biennale) in India, in collaboration with Arpan Mukherjee (co-founder of Studio Goppo, a photography research studio). Together they have developed the following theme for your submissions: "Metamorphosis".
They invite you to explore the theme of "Metamorphosis" within the realm of alternative photography. Submissions that embrace the ever-changing nature of materials, processes, and concepts and offer a unique lens to examine the digital representation of analogue images are encouraged. This call is open to photographers and artists working with historical photographic practices that include but are not limited to cyanotype, salted paper, vandyke brown, gum arabic, gum oil, wet and dry plate collodion, silver gelatin processes, and other technology-based interventions.
In relation to our 15th anniversary, one of the selected submitters of each upcoming Guest Room will receive our Guest Room Scholarship, an artist stipend of 1.000 €. Submit by the deadline of August 24 on Picter.
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Images: Chiara from Alternative Processes.