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Eclipse of the Sun by Emily Sheffer

Eclipse of the Sun by Emily Sheffer


by Emily Sheffer

Revised second edition of 100

Hand stitched soft cover

Printed on Hiromi Asuka archival inkjet paper, interleaved with vellum inserts


14 images

Autumn 2017, designed by Emily Sheffer and published by Dust Collective

In 1854, Philadelphia-based brothers William and Frederick Langenheim made seven daguerreotypes of the total eclipse of the sun - the first eclipse visible in North America since the invention of photography.

Under the light of the eclipse in August 2017, I recreated Langenheim’s images with cyanotype paper, a photographic process that uses sun-sensitive paper to make an exposure.

I printed inverted images of the original daguerreotypes to make paper negatives, and placed the paper negative on top of the cyanotype paper. The sun comes through the white parts of the paper negative, exposing the cyanotype paper beneath it to blue.

163 years later images made by the light of one eclipse are printed with the light of another.

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