Anna Atkins

English botanist and photographer (1799-1871)

Anna Atkins (16 March, 1799 – 9 June, 1871) was an English botanist and photographer. Atkins used cyanotypes to photograph algae and make books about them.[1]

Photograph of Atkins, in 1861
Cyanotype of an algae, from Atkins' book

Early lifeEdit

Anna Atkins was born in Tonbridge, England. Her mother died soon after giving birth to her.[2]


  1. "Anna Atkins (British, 1799 - 1871) (Getty Museum)". The J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles. Retrieved 2021-08-01.
  2. "Anna Atkins | English photographer and botanist". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2021-08-01.