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Screen Smart Resources

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Learn Local: Cyanotype Photography

Learn about cyanotype photography with photographer Zach Hoffman and make your own prints! Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect! Learn Local programs are sponsored by the Belgrade Area Community Foundation.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print through the use of two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. Developed in 1842 by the English scientist and astronomer Sir John Herschel as a means of reproducing notes and diagrams, engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a cost-effective way to produce copies of drawings, known as blueprints.

Zach Hoffman is the library’s featured artist in December and January. Owner and manager of Image Lab Photography in Bozeman, Zach graduated from MSU with a bachelor of arts in film and photography. Zach went on to achieve his masters of fine arts at Lesley University in Boston. His passion for photography, education, and exploration led him to start his work on what has now become the Image Lab.

Cyanotype photography poster