Women have been consistently contributing to the world of photography ever since the early days, despite being often neglected, ignored and not given much recognition. This blog is a short compilation of some of the early trailblazers! If you know someone who should be featured here, please comment below!
Born in 1799, Anna Atkins was a botanical scientist, a feat in itself, however was also considered the first female photographer in the world. Atkins was known for using cyanotype printing in her research. She used dried algae as negatives and put them on light-sensitive paper in the sun. Anna's innovative use of new photographic technologies merged art and science, and exemplified the exceptional potential of photography in books. She issued the first photographically illustrated book and produced thousands of prints for her book British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.