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From the Greek meaning dark blue impression, cyanotype is a simple photographic process involving a light-sensitive solution that is coated on a paper or cloth support onto which the image is then printed by exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The technique was invented by Sir John Herschel who presented his findings in a paper to the Royal Society of London in 1842.

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