Botanicals and Plant-Based Printing Processes

with Anne Eder

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Course Description

Botany and photography have been linked since the earliest photographic experiments, from Thomas Wedgewood and Henry Fox Talbot’s photograms of plant material to Anna Atkins’ cyanotype portraits of British algae. Not only did nineteenth-century photographers document plants using photographic processes, they also investigated the use of plant chemistry and how it might apply to the new medium.

With environmental concerns on all our minds, we often look at ways to produce our photographs in less toxic ways, working with the natural world and with a desire to minimize the toxic components that are part of many photographic processes. Get outdoors and connect to nature with processes that use natural sunlight and common plant materials in this online workshop with interdisciplinary artist Anne Eder.

Over the course of a month, Anne introduces the group to anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, lumens, phytograms, and other plant-based printing methods. Most materials needed for this workshop are easily obtainable from the backyard, a nearby park, or your local grocery store. During each group session, Anne offers an in-depth demonstration of a particular printing process and then inspires her students to take what they have learned and dive into exploring their own creative vision while working at home. The next week, Anne answers questions, helps troubleshoot technical difficulties, reviews each student’s images, and then launches into a new process demonstration.

This spring, come play with Anne in the garden of earthly delights with her nineteenth-century mentors in this new online workshop.

Additional Information

All are welcome

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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Alternative Process, Creative Vision, One-of-a-Kind
Anne Eder

Anne Eder is an interdisciplinary artist and educator. She has been internationally exhibited, awarded, and published, including multiple international awards in alternative process photography. She is currently a lecturer in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, faculty at Harvard University, Penumbra Foundation NYC, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Anne teaches workshops at venues across the country, and, via online learning, all over the world. Much of her work is experimental and research based, combining historic processes, science, and contemporary conceptual thinking.

Throughout her career Anne has been an advocate for increased access to the arts, and the creation of public art is a dedicated part of her practice. She lives in Boston writing fairy tales and catering to her fabulous chihuahua, The Brain.


Instagram: @darcflower


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