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Make Cyanotype and Calotype Salt Prints

As a part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration at the O. Winston Link Museum (LINK@10) our Exposure Roanoke Group and the Roanoke Camera Club have been asked to help the public make Salt Prints. As part of the Museum Education Programs we will help the public to make beautiful Cyanotype and Calotype prints.

Cyanotypes are typically blue (cyan) in color called blueprints were discovered by the English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1842.  It was originally used for architectural blueprints but Anna Atkins (regarded as the first female photographer) brought it to photography by placing objects on the coated paper and creating silhouettes to create photograms: 

 Calotypes also called Salt Prints were developed by British photographer William Henry Fox Talbot.  The public called the process Talbotypes while Talbot insisted on calling them Calotypes but the more common name for the process is Salt Prints:

Please sign up for this meetup and plan to come help either at 9:00am or at 12:00 noon. This will be a wonderful learning experience for the public and, if you have maybe not made any yourself then just maybe we can learn something about these early photographic processes.

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  • Jon B.

    A big thank you to Art for organizing the help for the OWL and to everyone who came out to lend a hand. You're good people!

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Art S.

    Taught a lot and learned even more.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Had a Good time.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Art S.

    In case you are wondering about the cold weather tomorrow - it looks like we will be able to be inside. We can plan on using the main lobby with their nice south-facing windows for lots of sun and uv lights for the salt print "exposures".

    January 24, 2014

  • John S.

    would love to help, but will be sitting on an airplane returning home.

    January 24, 2014

    • Art S.

      Ok John, too bad you did not take the train - you could just jump out when you pass by.

      January 24, 2014

  • Kathryn F.

    Art, something critical has come up tomorrow morning and i wont be able to make it. I should be available after 1pm if you need assistance then you can call me.. [masked]-8123. So sorry,

    January 24, 2014

    • Art S.

      Ok Kathryn, I understand - it will be nice to see you in the afternoon if you can make it.

      January 24, 2014

  • Janna E.

    I can help at the 9am time. I've never done this before and new to the group- hope that's ok! What should we bring with us?

    January 21, 2014

    • Art S.

      Just bring yourself and plan to have a good time helping kids paint their papers so they can expose their photograms to the uv light to make the salt prints. In the process of doing this there may be a bit of a mess with the salt and silver nitrate.

      January 21, 2014

    • Art S.

      Shannon and the Link Museum staffers will have latex gloves and goggles for us but we should bring shirts and slacks that just might get stained. We will try to teach the participants to be careful with the salts and silver nitrates but we never know if there is going to be a bit of a mess that can stain.

      January 21, 2014

  • Art S.

    I went by the Link Museum today for a "dry" run of the Salt Print process that we will use on Saturday. Shannon, the Education Coordinator, has bought kits which are sold by Bostic & Sullivan (https://www.bostick-sullivan.com/cart/product.php?productid=1038&cat=348&page=1)

    Generally, we will show the attendees how to make up their own salted paper, expose the paper, and develop their prints. So, they will learn more by us helping them prepare their prints. And, we will not have to do all the preparation for them - we just need to learn how to do it then teach them to do it. Planning to arrive at either 9:00 or 12:00 should be fine for the learning and teaching.

    So, this should be a learning experience for us as well as for the attendees...

    January 20, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Actually, just put me down for both!

    January 17, 2014

    • Art S.

      OK Steve - you got it - you Hero!

      January 17, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Art, I could do either time slot. If needed I can do both!

    January 17, 2014

  • Jon B.

    Should we tell you which slots we're available for? If so, I can help out during the 9-12 slot.

    January 17, 2014

    • Kathryn F.

      I can do either.. just let me know

      January 17, 2014

    • Art S.

      Thanks Kat - it looks like the morning will be better 'cause we need to prepare the salt papers for the prints (which looks like it may be a three-step process).

      January 17, 2014

  • Tom C.

    I can do either, let me know.

    January 17, 2014

  • Linda B.

    Sounds like fun have another commitment that day...

    January 17, 2014

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  • Art S.
    Contributing Member, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Steve C.
    Contributing Member,
    Event Host
  • Jon B.
    Organizer
  • Janna E.
    Contributing Member
  • Tom C.
    Contributing Member

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