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Anna Atkins

March 16, 1799 - June 9, 1871
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Anna Atkins was a botanist who became interested in photography to record her specimens. Her book, “British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions”, may be the first published books of photography and she is considered one of the first women photographers.

Atkins produced her images through the cyanotype process which produces a cyan (blue) color when light hits the photographic paper. Her work proved that photography could assist science to accurately describe specimens.

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