In this digital world, there is a beauty in ­getting back to basics.

Out of the whole gamut of printing techniques left to us by the earliest pioneers of photography, only one process survives unchanged to the present day: cyanotype. Yet its images still seem unnatural to many viewers; the intensity of Prussian blue invests them with an incongruity that has curbed the scope of this process ever since it first saw the light in the dawn of photography. Cyanotype endures nonetheless and is still practiced in just the same way as 172 years ago. With the advancing sophistication of our photographic vision, its strange blue aesthetic is gaining a wider acceptance than hitherto; so the time now seems ripe for a review of cyanotype as an alternative medium of photographic practice.

Mike Ware

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