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The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkins — the first person to ever publish a book of photography. After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799 - 1871) was raised by her loving father. He gave her a scientific education, which was highly unusual for women and girls in the early 19th century. Fascinated with the plant life around her, Anna became a botanist. She recorded all her findings in detailed illustrations and engravings, until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842.

Anna used this new technology in order to catalogue plant specimens — a true marriage of science and art. In 1843, Anna published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions with handwritten text and cyanotype photographs. It is considered the first book of photographs ever published. Weaving together histories of women, science, and art, The Bluest of Blues will inspire young readers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and creativity.

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"Robinson's picture book biography is a loving tribute to this remarkable woman whose impressive contributions were recognized long after her passing.... The beautiful blues of the pencil drawings, watercolor washes, and original cyanotypes from Atkins's collection come together on each page as an immersive experience, creating an array of blue that limns Atkins's world." — Jody Kopple, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Fiona Robinson
Illustrator Fiona Robinson
ISBN 1419725513
Publication Date Feb 12, 2019
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
Language English