Cyanotype Portrait

Teacher: Balqis Tajalli
Level: All levels
Duration: 3 hours


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This 3-hour workshop explores the versatile art of cyanotype (sunprinting) through portraiture. It covers the preparation of making negative films on transparency and dives into various techniques to create one-of-a-kind cyanotype portraits.

This workshop caters to both beginners and seasoned cyanotype practitioners to explore a new side of cyanotype photography beyond the botanical series.

At the end of this workshop, it is with hope that participants are able to make meaningful works of art and reflect on the versatility of alternative photo processes. Perhaps, inspiring more unusual interaction with everyday items and overlooked parts of our environment.

Kindly take note that each participant will require to email two (2) scanned portraits to the artist instructor (email: at least 3-4 days before the date of the workshop. Participants will receive their own film negative(s) and encouraged to continue their own exploration at home.

    You will learn:

    • How to prepare negatives for cyanotype printing
    • The process of cyanotype printing portraits
    • Different cyanotype techniques to create unique cyanotype portraits

    Workshop includes:

    • A set of film negative(s) and a small cyanotype kit (kindly email at least 3-4 days before the date of the workshop to send over two (2) scanned portraits)


    Beginners and seasoned cyanotype practitioners are welcomed.

    What to bring (optional):

    • Snacks and bottled water.
    • Notebook and writing tool (pen/pencil)

    More about Cyanotype:

    Cyanotype is a camera-less photography that enables one to produce images directly without using a printer or darkroom, but simple chemistry and sunlight. It is a historical photographic process that teaches new ways of seeing by navigating ordinary tools and materials into unique works of art. We will explore, discover and share our findings together while embracing the unpredictability and ‘happy’ accidents this process brings us.

    Cyanotype Portrait
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