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Sun gardens : cyanotypes by Anna Atkins / Larry J. Schaaf ; edited by Joshua Chuang ; with contributions by Joshua Chuang, Emily Walz, and Mike Ware.

By: Schaaf, Larry J. (Larry John), 1947- [author].
Contributor(s): Atkins, Anna, 1799-1871. Photographs of British algae. Part 1 | Atkins, Anna, 1799-1871 [photographer.] | Chuang, Joshua [editor].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : New York Public Library, c2018Description: 215 pages : colour illustrations, facsimiles ; 32 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9783791357980; 3791357980.Other title: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins.Subject(s): Atkins, Anna, 1799-1871 | Photography -- England -- History -- 19th century | Blueprinting | Photograms | Photography, Biological -- History
Preface / Joshua Chuang -- Notice to the reader -- Part I of British algae (from the Sir John Herschel copy) -- Reminiscences / Larry J. Schaaf -- Pleasurable offerings to botanical friends / Larry J. Schaaf -- Selected plates from various holdings -- British algae: bibliographic details / Larry J. Schaaf, Joshua Chuang, and Emily Walz -- The productions of Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon / Larry J. Schaaf, Joshua Chuang, and Emily Walz -- On the origins, care, and feeding of cyanotypes / Mike Ware -- Notes to the texts -- Acknowledgments -- Image credits -- Index of historical names.
Summary: Anna Atkins (1799-1871) came of age in Victorian England, a particularly fertile environment for learning and scientific discovery. Guided by her father, a prominent scientist, Atkins was inspired by William Henry Fox Talbot to take up photography and was friends with Sir John Herschel, who invented the cyanotype photographic process in 1842. The next year, Atkins began making cyanotypes in an effort to illustrate and distribute information about her herbarium. The result was 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', the first book to be illustrated with photographs. A decade later, she and her friend Anne Dixon expanded their visual inquiry to flowering plants, feathers, and other subjects. This volume is a revised and expanded edition of a long out-of-print monograph that first secured Atkins's place in the history of photography. It draws upon years of careful research and sets Atkins and her work in the proper context. Supplementary texts shed new light on her productions and on the cyanotype process, which is still used by artists today. The photographs themselves-ethereal, deeply hued, and wonderfully intricate-are brought to life with exquisite reproductions that are certain to win Atkins a new generation of followers. Exhibition: The New York Public Library, New York, USA (18.10.2018-03.05.2019).
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Science & Technology Studies Collection 77:93 SCHAAF (Browse shelf) Available 2402386871

Accompanies the exhibition Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins, held at The New York Public Library from October 19, 2018 to February 17, 2019.

Includes a facsimile of Photographs of British algae: cyanotype impressions. Part 1, by Anna Atkins, issued in 1843.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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