{a r c h i v e + p h o t o g r a p h y} Anna Atkins, cyanotype, and scientific illustration


Spencer Collection, The New York Public Library. “Delesseria sinuosa.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed January 30, 2016.

Over on Instagram, I featured a couple of images from the New York Public Library’s digital collections. These gorgeous, ghostly images come from the library’s copy of Photographs of British Algae by Anna Atkins, the first female photographer, and an amateur botanist. This was also the first book to be produced entirely using photographic methods.

Read more about these images and see the entire book (published over 10 years) on the New York Public Library website here.




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