Famous Female Cyanotype Artist

Anna Atkins was an English botanist and photographer in the 19th century. She is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images. Some sources say that she was the first woman to create a photograph!


Here are some cyanotype examples of algae - Cyanotypes of British Algae by Anna Atkins (1843)


Although she owned a camera, she used only the cameraless photogenic drawing technique to produce all of her botanical images. With the assistance of Anne Dixon, Atkins created albums of cyanotype photogenic drawings of her botanical specimens. She learned the cyanotype printing method through its inventor, the astronomer and scientist Sir John Herschel, a family friend.


Here is a digital copy of the book by Anna Atkins PHOTOGRAPHS OF BRITISH ALGAE: CYANOTYPE IMPRESSIONS


Why not get yourself a cyanotype kit or attend a workshop and create a cameraless photogenic drawing?


Participant at recent cyanotype workshop held at Benalla Art Gallery 2021.