Monday, March 16, 2015

Anna Atkins: Pioneering Botanist

Carix (America)
Today Google is celebrating  the 216th birthday of  Anna Atkins, botanist, with a special banner.  

Atkins is perhaps one of the most important pioneers in the use of photography in science, learning directly from Fox Talbot, she started taking images of plants as early as 1841 and was the first person to publish a book containing real images (Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions) in 1843.  

The image here shows one of her cyanotypes, an early form of photograph invented by her friend Sir John Herschel.  She went on to produce three volumes in the series.  Only 17 copies of the book in various states of completeness have survived, but her images are still widely available.  She died in 1871.

Posted: Nick Gray

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