Madras Blues

A participatory exhibition of handcrafted prints on World Cyanotype Day.

World Cyanotype Day is coming up on 25th September, and we're excited to host a one day only curated pop-up exhibition at Roja Muthiah Research Library! Vibrant, handcrafted prints celebrating the city of Madras and the medium of cyanotype will be strung up across the library auditorium.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Join us in celebrating the cyanotype printing process!

Take a look at beautiful prints from the cyanotype community across India. Also check out the curated collection of prints capturing the many emotions that is Chennai. 

  1. Make your own prints!

Join the fun, experiment with cyanotype, and contribute to the World Cyanotype Day Exhibit. Working with your hands, with simple chemistry, sunlight and tap water, cyanotype allows anyone interested to express themselves in shades of blue. 

  1. Take your children along to explore the Activity Corner!

Children can play with colors, learn cyanotype printing, and create their own photograms at our children’s activity corner. 

Open call for Prints 

We are inviting the cyanotype community in India to send a print or two to our DIY outdoor exhibition to celebrate the medium. The call is free and open to everyone across India. We welcome all enthusiasts, from beginners to long-term practitioners, to share their prints for the exhibition. We truly believe that cyanotype is for anyone interested in experimenting with alternative printing, and would like to invite you to join us.

Deadline extended: 20 September, 2021

  1. Guidelines:

  • Open to practitioners in India only. 

  • Any cyanotype print can be submitted (photograph / photograms / wet cyanotype). 

  • Only original cyanotype prints will be accepted, no digital prints. 

  • Maximum 2 prints per participant.

  • Final prints can be paper or fabric based.

  • Print size only up to 12inch x 12inch can be submitted. 

  • Only unframed prints will be accepted. 

  1. How to submit your prints:

  • Fill this google form here with your contact and print details. 

  • Please ensure your prints are packed safely, they will be returned in the same packing.

  • Ship your prints to our office at the address below.

  • CPB Foundation, 38, Kamaraj Avenue 2nd St, Venkata Rathinam Nagar, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 020 | Contact: +91 6383 135 139

Please note: All prints will be shipped back via Indian Speed Post after 30 September 2021. You will be notified of any changes. 


We have launched an entire range of products for you to discover the magic of cyanotype from the comfort of your home. Make your own prints, send them to us to be part of the exhibit on World Cyanotype Day and become a part of the #CyanotypewithCPB community.

  • E-learning series by Varun Gupta: To explore the e-learning course in more detail and watch some preview videos please visit here

  • Complete Cyanotype Kit: The CPB Foundation is excited to make available its Fun in the Sun Cyanotype Kit, in a convenient ready-to-use powder form with a total 34 items.  All you have to do is mix some distilled water and you are ready to go. Details here

  • Explore the entire collection on 

For any queries, write to [email protected] 

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