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

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

by Fiona Robinson

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419725517
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 163,315
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Fiona Robinson is the author/illustrator of Ada’s Ideas, Whale Shines, What Animals Really Like, The Useful Moose, and The 3-2-3 Detective Agency. Her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts and has been featured in many gallery shows. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Date of Birth:

May 19, 1976

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