Some insight into the history of the cyanotype. Check out a cyanotype by Jan Van Leeuwen in our gallery. 

No, that’s not an Instagram photo. It’s print known as a cyanotype, which involves a specialized chemical process that imparts the slightly surreal, cerulean blue tint. The procedure was first developed in 1842 by English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel.

Though the process was developed by Herschel, he considered it as mainly a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints. It was Anna Atkins who brought this to photography. She created a limited series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection. Atkins placed specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer.
Click here to read more about different photographic processes. 
Images:
top: John Dugdale, Smile For Your Lover Comes (Stone Ridge, New York, 2000), hand-coated cyanotype, 2000, Museum Purchase made possible by the Harry Denham Trust, 2003/1.379
bottom: Anna Atkins, Equisetum Sylvaticum, cyanotype, 1853, Museum purchase, 1989/1.62

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Some insight into the history of the cyanotype. Check out a cyanotype by Jan Van Leeuwen in our gallery

No, that’s not an Instagram photo. It’s print known as a cyanotype, which involves a specialized chemical process that imparts the slightly surreal, cerulean blue tint. The procedure was first developed in 1842 by English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel.

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Though the process was developed by Herschel, he considered it as mainly a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, as in blueprints. It was Anna Atkins who brought this to photography. She created a limited series of cyanotype books that documented ferns and other plant life from her extensive seaweed collection. Atkins placed specimens directly onto coated paper, allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect. By using this photogram process, Anna Atkins is regarded as the first female photographer.

Click here to read more about different photographic processes. 

Images:

top: John DugdaleSmile For Your Lover Comes (Stone Ridge, New York, 2000)hand-coated cyanotype, 2000, Museum Purchase made possible by the Harry Denham Trust, 2003/1.379

bottom: Anna AtkinsEquisetum Sylvaticumcyanotype1853, Museum purchase, 1989/1.62

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The gallery life is the life for us! 

Check out shots from our William Lumpkins opening last night here

Walking work of art! William Lumpkins’ son is in the house for our opening tonight, and he’s wearing one of his artworks. Stop by before 7 and meet him! #art #artgallery #gallerylife #artworld #artengage #artalive #santafe #santafe #santafenm #newmexicogram #canyongram #canyonroad #dragonfly #artist #pink

Walking work of art! William Lumpkins’ son is in the house for our opening tonight, and he’s wearing one of his artworks. Stop by before 7 and meet him! #art #artgallery #gallerylife #artworld #artengage #artalive #santafe #santafe #santafenm #newmexicogram #canyongram #canyonroad #dragonfly #artist #pink

Before you come to our William Lumpkins opening tonight, swing by Inn & Spa at Loretto to see one of his greatest architectural feats. The artist and architect designed over 2,000 buildings in Santa Fe, including the legendary Pueblo-style hotel. We highly recommend their restaurant Luminaria! 
Read all about it on their blog.  

Before you come to our William Lumpkins opening tonight, swing by Inn & Spa at Loretto to see one of his greatest architectural feats. The artist and architect designed over 2,000 buildings in Santa Fe, including the legendary Pueblo-style hotel. We highly recommend their restaurant Luminaria! 

Read all about it on their blog.  

Make sure to come to our opening TONIGHT from 5-7 pm, featuring never-before-seen artwork by Santa Fe modernist William Lumpkins! Read all about it in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican. 
More info.

Make sure to come to our opening TONIGHT from 5-7 pm, featuring never-before-seen artwork by Santa Fe modernist William Lumpkins! Read all about it in today’s Santa Fe New Mexican. 

More info.

Hey look, we’re in Pasatiempo today! Pick up the New Mexican to read about our William Lumpkins show, and then come to the exhibition TONIGHT from 5-7 pm. #artnews #santafe #santafenm #santafenewmexico #canyonroad #canyongram #newmexico #newmexicolove #newmexicotrue #nm #art #artist #artgallery #artengage #artalive #okeeffecountry #citydifferent #landofenchantment #newmexicogram #southwestart #modernart #modernism #lumpkins (at Matthews Gallery)

Hey look, we’re in Pasatiempo today! Pick up the New Mexican to read about our William Lumpkins show, and then come to the exhibition TONIGHT from 5-7 pm. #artnews #santafe #santafenm #santafenewmexico #canyonroad #canyongram #newmexico #newmexicolove #newmexicotrue #nm #art #artist #artgallery #artengage #artalive #okeeffecountry #citydifferent #landofenchantment #newmexicogram #southwestart #modernart #modernism #lumpkins (at Matthews Gallery)

Look what just came in! Roch Hart’s latest hand carved creation is a beauty… #carpentry #carving #wood #carpenter #nicolaifechin #albuquerque #abq #newmexicotrue #newmexicogram #newmexico #artgallery #gallerylife #artworld #art #artist #chest #furniture #canyonroad #canyongram #okeefecountry #landofenchantment #santafenm #santafe (at Matthews Gallery)

"Work cures everything." 

Matisse was one tough dude. Never stop creating your world! 

More art history. 

The Artists Are Present. 

O’Keeffe/Abramovic

Picasso/Abramovic

Warhol/Abramovic

Manet/Abramovic

Abramovic/Abramovic 

More art fun.

It all started when William Lumpkins’ son appeared at our door with a large portfolio of never-before-seen artwork by the Santa Fe modernist. Come explore The Lumpkins Files this Friday at Matthews Gallery. More on our blog- www.matthewsgalleryblog.com #santafe #santafenm #santafenewmexico #newmexico #newmexicogram #newmexicolove #newmexicotrue #nm #artgallery #gallerylife #art #artist #worksonpaper #print #painting #drawing #canyonroad #canyongram #artgram #instaart #artworld #artnews  (at Canyon Road Galleries)

It all started when William Lumpkins’ son appeared at our door with a large portfolio of never-before-seen artwork by the Santa Fe modernist. Come explore The Lumpkins Files this Friday at Matthews Gallery. More on our blog- www.matthewsgalleryblog.com #santafe #santafenm #santafenewmexico #newmexico #newmexicogram #newmexicolove #newmexicotrue #nm #artgallery #gallerylife #art #artist #worksonpaper #print #painting #drawing #canyonroad #canyongram #artgram #instaart #artworld #artnews (at Canyon Road Galleries)