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Cyanotype of Himanthalia Lorea, c 1843.

Atkins, Anna

Cyanotype of Himanthalia Lorea, c 1843.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


This cyanotype is taken from a book of algae published by Anna Atkins (1799-1871), a pioneering figure in photography, and her friend, Anne Dixon (1799- 1864). Atkins is credited with having produced the first book to use photographic illustrations. The 'blueprint' proces used to make the image employs ferric salts to produce a light sensitive solution coated onto a sheet of paper. After exposure it is permanently fixed by washing in water. The image is white on a blue background, and is highly durable and stable.

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