Explore an online gallery of the first photo book ever published from 1843

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Step back in time, and view the pages of the first photo book ever published. This is an important volume on several points, not the least of which is the book was photographed and authored by female photographer, botanist, and scientist, Anna Atkins. The images were made by placing specimens gathered in the field onto paper sensitized with a cyanotype solution.

The online show Objectivity recently paid a visit to The Royal Society in London to see its copy of Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, a 1843 book by English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins that’s considered to be the first book ever to be illustrated exclusively with photographs.


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