Saturday, January 9, 2016

British algae: the full story

Pretend to yourself that you’re a tiny bit interested in knowing the answers to these questions:

Who was the first female photographer?

When was the first book with photographs published?

Anna Atkins (1799-1871), a 19th century English botanist, is credited with being the first woman known to make a photograph when photography was still a relatively new technology.

She published Photographs of British Algae with plates depicting cyanotype impressions in 1843, a path-breaking event in the publishing world.

British Algae was printed and circulated privately. Only 17 copies are known to exist, and many of them are incomplete. The original book consisted of 403 pages with 389 photographs. See more details here. 

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