Community Cyanotype Workshop
New Orleans Healing Center
September 29, 2018
10am – 4pm
FREE | All Ages | Please RSVP
PhotoNOLA, in partnership with the New Orleans Healing Center, is pleased to present a free community workshop in celebration of World Cyanotype Day. On Saturday, September 29, photographers and artists across the globe will gather in backyards, parking lots, galleries and parks to connect, create and celebrate the cyanotype, a simple and fun antiquarian photographic process. People of all ages are invited to come learn and play.
Cyanotype, a photographic printing process that results in graphic blue and white prints, is the perfect place to start an education in alternative (non-silver) photographic processes. Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1842, not only is this medium low in cost and simple to master, it also creates beautiful and distinctive results.
Learn from artists Robert Schaefer and Natasha Sanchez about the historic process and how to create your own sun prints. Participants will use botanical specimens and other small objects to create one-of-a-kind photograms on light sensitive fabric squares. Robert will share a brief visual presentation on the history and chemistry of the cyanotype, with examples for inspiration, at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.
Each participant will have the opportunity to create several 12×12 cyanotypes. All are encouraged to leave behind one print to be exhibited at the Healing Center, with other cyanotypes from around the world, during PhotoNOLA.
All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring objects or foliage with interesting silhouettes to use in your compositions. Attendees are welcome to stay for the entire day, or drop in at any time from 10 till 4 to make a few prints. Please RSVP to help us plan for materials.
NATASHA SANCHEZ is a photographer, songwriter, and educator exploring, sharing and always inspired by the vast richness of our world. Her photographic works use a variety of mediums to share her worldview – 35mm film, recycled photographic paper used to create lumen prints, plus a smidge of digital. She chronicles her path in song by writing clever and thoughtful tunes that she performs as a solo acoustic act and in one-woman shows, which feature her storytelling and photography. Natasha travels the world, oftentimes without leaving her home state. When she’s not searching for Himalaya, Louisiana, or making lumens in various locations, she lives and creates in New Orleans, where she hosts songwriter nights and teaches photography workshops focusing on exploring the different ways to see and photograph the world.
ROBERT A. SCHAEFER, JR. began learning about photography while studying Architecture at Auburn University in Alabama, his home state, and continued to do so at the Technische Universität of Munich, Germany. In photography he became a visual explorer in love with layering, his work focusing on a prominent interplay between spatial planes and a central image.
Schaefer’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including one-person exhibitions in the Amerika Hauses in Munich, Hamburg, Hannover and Frankfurt, Germany; Kulturhaus in Graz, Austria; a 25-Year Retrospective at the Huntsville Museum of Art, in Alabama; the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi, and the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh, India.
Schaefer’s work is held in collections including the Jule Collins Smith Musuem of Fine Art, The Museum of Modern Art, MFA Houston, and the Bibliotheque Nationale. His cyanotype work was included in the book Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-garde by Lyle Rexer (2010). In 2015, he completed a one-month artist residency in Can Serrat, outside of Barcelona, Spain producing cyanotypes of photographs taken in Barcelona.
Schaefer taught photography for twelve years at New York University before moving to New Orleans in 2015. He continues to teach Cyanotype Workshops at The Penumbra Foundation/Center for Alternative Photography in New York City and now, sponsored by Penumbra, in New Orleans. In November he is scheduled to instruct a Cyanotype Workshop at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His photography is represented by the Domeischel Gallery in New York City.
New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117