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19th-century algae prints by Anna Atkins

These algae prints were misattributed for more than a century before art historian Larry Schaaf discovered that they were the work of British botanist Anna Atkins.

As a pioneer of cyanotype photograms, a process in which sunlight (not a camera) imprints over objects on a piece of coated paper, Atkins produced the blueprints for a book entitled Manual of British Algæ in 1841. She just never got any credit.

Thanks to Larry Schaaf’s book of Atkins’s work, promptly titled Sun Gardens: Victorian Photogramsher work continues to see the light of day.

19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins
19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins
19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins
19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins
19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins
19th century algae prints by Anna Atkins
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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.