First in Photography: Anna Atkins

By dinahhillsdon


Today marks what would have been the 216th Birthday of arguably one of the leading pioneers in photography as well as botany. Born in England in 1799 Anna Atkins is considered to be the first person to publish a book containing photographs. Although not confirmed, it is believed by some she was also the first woman to create a photograph.

Source: NYPL

First given access to a camera at the age of 42 she had already developed an interest in photography as a result of her friendship with William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of the calotype photographic process (paper coated with …read more

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