Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) is a landmark in the histories both of photography and of publishing: the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means. Instantly recognisable today as the blueprint process, the cyanotypes lend themselves beautifully to illustrate objects fround in the sea.

British Algae by Anna Atkins the first photographic work by a woman, and the first book produced entirely by photographic means; the blueprint process, the cyanotypes lend themselves beautifully to illustrate objects fround in the sea.

A cyanotype, also called a sun print or  blueprint, circa 1850, by British botanist Anna Atkins, 1797-1871

Anna Atkins along with other artists who showed in 'shadow catchers'- my favourite exhibition. A cyanotype, also called a sun print or blueprint, circa by British botanist Anna Atkins,

Beautiful tone and elegant photogram which recalls Anna Atkins.

PHOTOGRAM Beautiful tone and elegant photogram which recalls Anna Atkins.

Nature Printed Plants:  Anna Atkins - Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns.

(via History of Photography in 40 Photographs - Collection Resources - Collection - National Media Museum)Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns Anna Atkins, 1851

This graphically bold image by artist Anna Atkins is the earliest photograph by a woman to enter the Met's collection

“Spiraea aruncus (Tyrol),” ca. Anna Atkins/The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New Initiative at the Met Makes Thousands of Digital Images Freely Accessible - Photo Journal - WSJ

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