On Tuesday December 18th a few members will be traveling to New York City all day for two Cyanotype photography exhibits at the New York Public Library. One exhibit highlights the life and works of Anna Atkins, English botanist and photographer who is credited as publishing the first photo book and due to her friendship with Sir William Henry Fox Talbot she very well may be the first female photographer too. The other exhibit features 19 current practitioners of the Cyanotype process. Invented in 1842, the Cyanotype process uses two readily available and relatively safe chemicals to make a blue photogram/photograph. This process is widely still used today and safe enough that member Christine Milleker primarily uses it in her kids’ workshops to introduce them to alternative processes in photography.
Time permitting we hope to walk to Rockefeller Center, get dinner nearby and then head back. Everyone is invited, message us if interested. We may have one seat available and if there are more we’ll help get people together for car-pooling and directions to our favorite parking garage. If you are unable to make it this day but would still like to visit the exhibit, the Anna Atkins exhibit ends on February 17th while the Contemporary exhibit ends January 6th.
Typically we park near the Newark Airport in a garage for about $10 a car and take the bus into the city. The bus is $30 round trip per person and both drops off and picks up at the Library.
New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue (42nd St and Fifth Ave)
New York, NY, 10018
Events Page: https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/schwarzman-building