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AN ALTERNATIVE PROCESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT IN ITALY

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CYANOTYPES BY THE SEA

About Us

6

inspiring days
of creativity
in Italy

  Many studies show that the majority of people prefer blue to other colors. Cyanotypes by the sea will explore this nineteenth century process to create images as blue as the Italian seaside, as blue as summer skies. Discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842, cyanotype is one of the earliest and simplest of photographic methods, and unlike many others, never lost popularity, remaining in use continuously for more than one hundred and fifty years. First used to document specimens from nature, and later to produce “blueprints” for architectural drawings, cyanotype eventually became popular as a way to create fine art photographs. It is a flexible and easy to use process that has stood the test of time. Images display a wide tonal range and give the distinct and mysterious “Prussian blue” color. As one of the most stable and nontoxic processes, it is ideally suited for working outdoors without a camera or photographic chemistry. During our time on the Italian coast, we will explore the basics of cyanotype printing, both wet and dry printing methods, working with objects and negatives, and cyanolumens, which combine cyanotype with silver gelatin photographic paper for unique effects. Participants will also learn about the history of cyanotypes, how to create digital negatives, and some simple toning methods for variations on the Prussian blue color.

Place

Nestled within a family-owned botanical garden in the Maremma, this traditional Tuscan stonehouse offers a tranquil retreat amidst nature's splendor. Surrounded by lush greenery and fragrant blooms, guests are invited to unwind in rustic elegance, where the charm of old-world architecture meets modern comfort. Just a leisurely 7-minute stroll away awaits a breathtaking turquoise beach, where the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean beckon for sun-soaked adventures and moments of seaside serenity. Whether exploring the enchanting botanical wonders of the garden or soaking up the sun on the pristine shoreline, this idyllic escape promises an unforgettable fusion of natural beauty and relaxation in the heart of Rocchette, Tuscany.

Closests airports to the farm is Rome (2.5 hours).

Retreat Overview

Dates
September 7 - September 13

 Over 6 days we will dive into the world of cyanotypes. Through a combination of instruction and hands-on practice, we will learn about various techniques, explore their unique aesthetics, and create your own photographs using these techniques.

  • September 7th: Check in and Welcome Dinner
    We will meet at the farm anytime after 12 pm. Welcome Dinner
  • September 8th: Large Scale Cyanotype
    Yoga class at 10 am followed by a brunch. After brunch we will begin our workshop by learning the history of Cyanotypes. Cyanotypes are one of the earliest and simplest photographic processes. The cyanotype process was the first fully realized non-silver-based process, discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842. In his general exploration of light sensitive materials, he discovered that when a solution of ferric ammonium citrate combined with potassium ferricyanide was coated on paper, and exposed to sunlight, it resulted in a Prussian blue image formed by the photo-reduction of the ferric to ferrous. The cyanotype process was used to make blueprints for engineers and builders for about the next century beginning around 1876. We will work together on large scale pieces on fabric and paper. Free afternoon to explore nearby towns or beaches. Dinner in town.
  • September 9th: Cyanotype on Paper
    Yoga class at 10 am followed by a brunch. After brunch we will learn how to mix cyanotype chemistry and how to make them on paper. Afternoon hike in Maremma National Park. Dinner in town.
  • September 10th: Adventure in Tuscany
    Road trip to Saturnia thermal baths. We will stop along the way to explore the magic of Tuscany.
  • September 11th: Cyanolumens
    Yoga class at 10 am followed by a brunch. We will learn how to make cyanolumens which involves combining cyanotype chemicals with photographic paper. Visit nearby town of Castiglione della Pescaia, one of the jewels of the Maremma. With its ancient fortress overlooking the blue water of the Tyrrhenian sea, it's one the most scenic of Tuscany's coastal towns
  • April 12th: Toning Cyanotypes
    Yoga class at 10 am followed by a brunch. Free creative day to continue working on cyanotypes and learn how to tone them.
  • September 13th: Adventure at Sea
    Today we will spend our last day together at sea sailing to nearby Elba Island while enjoying dips in the sea.
  • September 14th: Check out by 11 am
    Check out by 11 am

Meet Our Hosts

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Anne Eder

Anne Eder is an interdisciplinary artist and in-demand 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, instructor in the Harvard Ceramics Program, Harvard University, faculty at Penumbra Foundation in NYC, Santa Fe Workshops, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. She 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, contemporary conceptual thinking, and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional photographic chemistry.

 

Throughout her career she 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 New England with her fabulous chihuahua, The Brain.

Jessica Kassin

Born in Guatemala and educated in the United States and Italy, Jessica Kassin is a portrait and documentary photographer. Meaningful connections and storytelling shape her work. Her passion for photography, continued education, and travel have led her to create and host distinctive retreats around the world. Jessica is a mother of three, and lives with her family in Miami, Florida.

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Discover Maremma

Price

  per person

Farm has 5 spacious ensuite apartments. Each room has a capacity for 2 people. 

What's Included

  • 7-night accommodations in our private farm 

  •  4 days of immersive education 

  • All materials for workshop

  • Daily brunch and welcome dinner

  • Thermal Bath adventure 

  • Sailboat to Elba

  • Bicycles to get around the farm and to the sea

  • Yoga classes

  • Free time in the afternoon to explore nearby villages, seaside or enjoy the farm

  • 1 online meetings before the workshop to get ready for our time together. We will teach you how to make digital negatives for you to use in the retreat.

What's not Included

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