Edinburgh College students learn historic printing technique

Photography by Zaneta Nowak

A group of Edinburgh College photography students went back in time recently, after completing a workshop exploring a 19th century photographic printing technique.

HND and BA Professional Photography students took part in a workshop led by the College’s Artist in Residence for Photography, Katarzyna Soltan, which looked at the technique of Cyanotype printing. Students learned about the history of the technique before trying their hand and creating their own Cyanotype prints.

Cyanotype is an old photographic printing process which produces a cyan-blue print. The printing process was first discovered in 1842, but was more popular in the 20th century as it allowed low-cost reproductions of technical drawings of architectural designs.

Photography by Zaneta Nowak

HND1 Photography student Jade Wilson said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the Cyanotype workshop. It was really interesting to learn about traditional photographic processes. It felt like an experience and I got some cool prints.”

BA Professional Photography student Lance Aikman Green said: “Kate’s cyanotype workshop was a wonderful experience. Engagement with tangible physical materials in Photography seems so magical in our ever-increasing digitised lives.”

“Every image produced was a real thing and unique. It made it all the more special whilst contrasting digital image output’s banal perfection. Kate’s relaxed and positive nature gave me the information I needed to create images and importantly, the courage to experiment and push my creative boundaries.”

Katarzyna Soltan said: “I had an unusual opportunity to introduce cyanotype technique to HND1, HND2 and BA students. All of them had a very creative, individual approach and produced extraordinary images.

“It was a pleasure to take them through this process and see how they experiment and add their personal, visual style to the final prints.”