Saturdays, 12-3pm
Brian Z Shapiro

Course Description

Go back in time and learn one of the oldest and most accessible photographic processes. Students will learn to make cyanotypes, a 19th-century photographic process that prints in the sun and produces beautiful Prussian blue images. Students will learn about a variety of materials and techniques for making cyanotypes as they make their own prints experimenting with both abstract compositions made from found objects as well as prints from negatives of images made by students. Subjects will include chemical mixing, paper selection, exposure, and toning. Materials are included for students to produce 6 8X10 prints.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, but it is required if student wishes to come to the Photo Center outside the workshop to develop film on their own and/or print their own photos in the Darkroom.


Brian Z Shapiro (Scroll down for more information about the instructor)

Dates and Time

Oct 29 – Nov 5
Saturday 12 – 3 pm

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Fall 2022 registration opens Aug 20 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Aug 17

IInstructor Bio – Brian Z. Shapiro

Brian Z. Shapiro a photographer and multimedia artist born and raised in San Francisco. His work explores the invisible forces that affect our surroundings. Shapiro graduated with honors from San Francisco State University with a major in Art with an emphasis in photography and has an MFA from San Francisco State University in Studio Art. He has taught with numerous organizations, including the non-profit First Exposures, California College of the Arts, Eastside College Preparatory School and the Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts.