May 07/08, 2022, 10 am–6 pm


Cyanotype, print technics, urban landscape, contact, development, sunlight, UV, botanic, photo paper, blue, photo emulsion

Workshop schedule

May 07: Meeting at 10 am. Concentration on the cyanographic technique and the selection of the subjects. After the preparation of the sensitive paper, the research will unfold in the surrounding landscape as a field trip to collect fragments of vegetation for exposure.

May 08: Meeting at 10 am. The second day we will create the images and learn how to expose, develop and fix the images.


 Participants are asked to bring any material (images, texts, books etc.) relevant to their projects this can be as simple as black-and-white photocopies or a USB stick. Bring your own laptop and one will be available on site as a backup. 


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Braubachstraße 30–32

60311 Frankfurt am Main

 ​​​​​​​The workshop is a trip back to the roots of the photographic technique, an introduction to the cyanographic printing process inspired by the pioneering experiences of 19th c photographer, Anna Atkins. Considered thepublisher of the first photo-book in history, she created a limited edition herbarium based on British algae using cyanotypes titled Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Following her path, we will learn how to prepare the emulsion and produce a light sensitive paper. Prior to exposing our images we will make a small botanic research, investigating the flora near the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.

Martina della Valle works with images and photography. Her artistic research weaves through photographic techniques that develop further through various media, which then take on different forms according to the places or the stories concerned. She has encompassed black and white photographic printing to site-specific installation, from video to drawing in her projects. Her artwork has been shown on several occasions in Italy and abroad and it has led her to collaborate with various magazines. She is both a photographer and designer currently living and working in Berlin.

Martina della Valle (Website)

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