Cyanotype printing

Tutor: Wendy Leocque

Date: Sun 6 June to Sun 27 June, 2021

Zoom calls: every Sunday from 6 to 8pm BST (but we can rearrange the time to suit participants’ time zones!)

Minimum no. of participants: 8

Maximum no. of participants: 20

Price: 170 euros (150 £). Early bird 10% discount until May 20, 2021.

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Workshop info:


A Lumen Print is essentially a solar photogram. This camera-less process uses black and white photographic paper, subject matter that usually (but not always) consists of organic material like leaves and flowers, and of course, the most important element – The Sun.


Invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel. This process uses a combination of two chemicals, which are combined in equal parts. The result gives a continuous-tone image of Prussian Blue or cyan. It is an effective way of introducing newcomers to photography and to alternative printing techniques.

Wet Cyanotype

You will need to buy photographic paper and small amounts of chemical components to make cyanotype paper which should not be expensive or difficult to find. Full details and guidance will be provided as part of the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers alike, you don’t need any previous experience, or access to specialised equipment or cameras. 


  • To understand the action of UV light on silver and other UV sensitive chemicals.
  • Learn how light sensitive paper is made and the application for use.
  • To explore cameraless photography and its image making potential.
  • Develop other ways to use the technique (i.e: Wet Cyanotypes).

Learning outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the historical context of these techniques.  
  • The ability to make paper references / keepsakes.
  • Gain insight to its further uses.


Week one – Sun 6 June: Introductions, presentation into techniques, materials and recipes for chemistry required, artists to research for ideas and inspiration, and Wendy’s work.

Week two – Sun 13 June: Further information and details about how to make lumen prints and cyanotypes.

Week three – 14 to 21 June: Tutorials with smaller groups to see how their experiments are going and review progress on project work.

Week four – Sun 27 June: Final session, meet back up and present finished project work to peers.

Please note: Online Workshops in week 1, 2 and 4 will take place via Zoom from 6 till 8pm BST, but we can rearrange the time to suit participants’ time zones! Small group tutorials to be arranged at times to suit the group.

Have a look at Wendy’s free video tutorial!

Tutor biography: Wendy Leocque

Wendy is a Photographic Artist, Creative Facilitator, Art & Photography Technician in Secondary Education and is a Founder Director of the Real Photography Company. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Photographic Studies from Derby University and an MA in Design Management from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD/UCE). She continues exploring her practice in alternative photography, and enjoys sharing her passion for these techniques, through teaching and events.

Instagram: @we_leocque