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Cyanotype

It was used at first for essentially documentary purposes, such as copy making, architectural plans, and industrial drawings. In the 1940s-50s, however, it did draw the attention of two main photographers: the English botanist Anna Atkins, who used it to produce photograms of dried plants, and the French artist Henri Le Secq, for his work on the gothic monuments of Paris and his still lifes. The process finally became popular in the late 19th century. It was valued by the pictorialists, particularly Paul Burty Haviland, who were keenly interested in its aesthetic qualities.
Today, cyanotype is used by many contemporary artists among whom Nancy Wilson Pajic or Christian Marclay.

Visual glossary of photographic techniques © ARCP / Mairie de Paris, 2013

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