Anthotype

John Opera F-5 anthotype (beet) – 2010 9.25 x 7.5 inches

The Anthotype harkens back to the seminal moments of photography’s prehistory. During the mid 1800s, it was discovered that pigmented solutions derived from various flower and fruit extracts are light sensitive enough to be used as rudimentary print emulsions. This process takes up to three weeks of exposure in direct sunlight to render an image. The process was quickly abandoned when silver nitrate was discovered to have a much faster reaction time.

 

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