This photographer combines digital photography with a 19th century printing process

Dec 6, 2016

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

This photographer combines digital photography with a 19th century printing process

Dec 6, 2016

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Even in the digital era, there are still those who shoot film and hand-develop all their photos. On the other hand, there are those who can’t even insert a film into an analog camera, but create stunning photos with a digital one. German photographer, Andreas von Grabowiecki, managed to combined analog with digital and create something beautiful.

Andreas is a child of the modern age and takes mainly digital photos. Still he decided to try a hand printing method which is 174 years old. He created a home lab in his kitchen to hand-print photos using cyanotype. This process was originally discovered in 1842, and served as a cheap way of producing blueprints. Ana Atkins used it a year later to document her collection of plants and publish a series of books. Because of this, many consider her to be the first female photographer. And in 2016, there is a photographer who combines this retro method with digital cameras and an inkjet printer.

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When creating a cyanotype, Andreas first prints the negative of the image on a translucent paper. He points out that it is important to use an inkjet printer, because the laser printer reduces the quality of the final product. After this, he uses ferric ammonium citrate (or “the green stuff”, as he calls it) and spreads it evenly over a sheet of white paper. While doing this, it is essential not to let the sun rays light the paper, because this chemical is the key to creating a cyanotype.

When the paper is covered in ferric ammonium citrate, he places the negative on top of it and exposes it to the UV light. After some time, the image goes through chemicals such as developer, bleach and fixer, and when it’s completely dry – voila, you have an analog-digital masterpiece!

If you plan to try this at home, keep in mid that the chemicals you will need can be toxic and dangerous if they are not handled properly. So, make sure to have a proper training if you haven’t done this before.

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What do you think of Andreas’ project? Would you try doing something like this? Or you already did? Share your thoughts and results with us in the comments.

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10 responses to “This photographer combines digital photography with a 19th century printing process”

  1. David Hovie Avatar
    David Hovie

    Gosh.. now it’s out.. I’ve been using this technique for over a year now..

  2. Díarmaid Rónán Avatar
    Díarmaid Rónán

    Yep saw that, but am.not allowed near hazardous chemicals :P

  3. Cory McClay Avatar
    Cory McClay

    Bruce Bruce Charles Currie Chadwick Hooey

    1. Bruce Charles Currie Avatar
      Bruce Charles Currie

      Damned cool.

  4. Fernando Coutinho Avatar
    Fernando Coutinho

    The word is PERFECT

    I started in photography in 1983 and did a lot of work in Black and White Labs, hands and nails smelling developer, kkkk.

    I missed this time. Your technique is lovely.
    Great work. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

    Fernando Coutinho
    http://www.fernandocoutinho.com.br

  5. Bfriz Avatar
    Bfriz

    Who is the model?

  6. Clement RENAUT Avatar
    Clement RENAUT

    Sorry but what’s new? I thought everybody did that once !

  7. dimitrisservis Avatar
    dimitrisservis

    Don’t we all do it from time to time?

  8. Leoncio Costa Avatar
    Leoncio Costa

    A very refined and very tasteful technique, congratulations on your work. Photography wins a lot with people like you.
    https://www.leonciocosta.com.br/

  9. Leoncio Costa Avatar
    Leoncio Costa

    A very refined and very tasteful technique, congratulations on your work. Photography wins a lot with people like you.