Beautiful Blue

Jenna C. Ashton

The beautiful blue Cyanotypes of Anna Atkins (British, 1799 – 1871).

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Anna Atkins, photographer (British, 1799 – 1871)
and Anne Dixon, photographer (British, 1799 – 1877)
Equisetum sylvaticum, (c.1853), Cyanotype
Image: 25.4 x 20 cm (10 x 7 7/8 in.)
© The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Poppy (c. 1852) Museum no. PH.381-1981, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Himanthalia lorea (1843-1853), from “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions”              © New York Public Library Digital Collections.

“Photographs of British Algae is a landmark in the histories both  of photography and of publishing: the first photographic work by a woman, and   the first book produced entirely by photographic means. Instantly recognisable today as the blueprint process, the cyanotypes lend themselves beautifully to illustrate objects found in the sea.”

NYPL, http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/explore/dgexplore.cfm?col_id=188

 

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