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Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs
Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs | Fiona Robinson
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A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkins--the first person to ever publish a book of photography After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was raised by her loving father. He gave her a scientific education, which was highly unusual for women and girls in the early 19th century. Fascinated with the plant life around her, Anna became a botanist. She recorded all her findings in detailed illustrations and engravings, until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842. Anna used this new technology in order to catalogue plant specimens--a true marriage of science and art. In 1843, Anna published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions with handwritten text and cyanotype photographs. It is considered the first book of photographs ever published. Weaving together histories of women, science, and art, The Bluest of Blues will inspire young readers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and creativity.
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#ShowSomeLove Day 11: #IntlDayOfWomenAndGirlsInScience - Fats‘ review: “One of Anna‘s greatest achievement was being granted membership to the Royal Botanic Society in London. The other was writing a book that combined science and photography: specimen with cyanotype illustrations Robinson explored these and other important details in Anna‘s life.” Full review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-kTI

TheKidUpstairs Gorgeous illustrations 2y
Lindy I learned how to create cyanotype prints a couple of years ago. A magical process. This book looks great both for the illustrations and the subject. 👍 2y
GatheringBooks @Lindy oohlala that sounds so nice!! I wish I could learn, too! 💕💕 2y
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I can‘t wait to tell Zusette (see the 4 previous posts on tagged book) that I saw an original cyanotype by Atkins!

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Zusette‘s autographed book arrived! #TeachersOfLitsy

JoScho 💙💙💙💙 3y
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TrishB That‘s lovely ❤️ student and author 3y
JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 3y
QueenJen That's so exciting! This has been so cool to watch! 3y
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Lcsmcat How kind! 3y
JoScho Oh I love this so much! 3y
WanderingBookaneer @JoScho : Me too! I went squealing to the principal‘s office. 3y
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WanderingBookaneer @Lcsmcat : Right? I told her I could pay her for the book, but she declined. ❤️ 3y
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️ 3y
ravenlee I‘m not crying, you‘re crying. 3y
Avanders 👆🏽lol. Not me, must be someone else. 🥰 3y
megnews What a great teacher!! 3y
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