Meet The Woman Who Invented Scientific Photography At This Stunning New York Public Library Exhibit

Read the full story from Forbes.

Nearly eight decades before Man Ray led photography in a radical new direction with his cameraless Rayographs, a British naturalist named Anna Atkins created hundreds of images enlisting similar techniques. Made by arranging plants on photosensitive cyanotype paper, her vivid compositions are as aesthetically beguiling as Rayography at its best, and their blue-and-white palette is more visually intense. But it would be shortsighted to view Atkins as Man Ray avant la lettre. Her magnum opus, British Algae, was the first book ever to be illustrated with photography, and the images within it were the first photographs ever used for scientific illustration.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.