The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

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The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs - The New York Public Library Shop
The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs - The New York Public Library Shop

A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkinsthe first person to ever publish a book of photography

After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799–1871) was raised by her loving father. He gave her a scientific education, which was highly unusual for women and girls in the early 19th century. Fascinated with the plant life around her, Anna became a botanist. She recorded all her findings in detailed illustrations and engravings, until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842. Anna used this new technology in order to catalogue plant specimens—a true marriage of science and art. In 1843, Anna published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype 

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Illustrator: Fiona Robinson 

Type: Hardcover

Pages: 48

Dim: 9'' x 12''

Item Number: 9781419725517

The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs - The New York Public Library Shop
The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs - The New York Public Library Shop