botanical cyanotype

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Friday was absolutely fantastic! We had an amazing turnout!  We had a custom cocktail of the evening was called the sour botanist!  And most importantly, a gallery cat that approved of the entire event!  Unfortunately, as I was running around that night, I didn’t document the actual event with all the people and fun times…  But thankfully we have our closing show this Friday.  But also unfortunately, it falls on the same day as the Field Museum’s annual Member’s Night.  That I have to work. But hopefully I can sneak out early to make it back to the show. I’m only posting the work I put up and my wall mate’s work because I haven’t spoken to any of the other artists about posting their work online but if and when I get permission to, I’d like to show images from the rest of the show and hopefully from the event this Friday.  The bottom cyanotypes are just small prints of stuff I’ve been experimenting with recently and was/is for sale at the merch table at our show.

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Born this day in 1799, Anna Atkins (née Children), English botanist and photographer, who is often considered the first person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions. Atkins produced a total of three volumes of her noted work between 1843 and 1853. Only 17 copies of the book are known to exist, making it a highly valued volume with copies obtained at auction for £133,500 (1996) and £229,250 (2004). She produced two other books of botanical cyanotypes, Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns (1853) and Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854).