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Request for information on Anna Atkins and her life:

Working with elementary school students in Detroit, Michigan as a volunteer for the past 5 years has been and still is an exciting way for me to share my research on Anna Atkins and her book , Photographs of British Algae; Cyanotype Impressions. My middle school students in Birmingham, Michigan have marveled at the images of their photograms as they appeared and then washed them in the school bathroom. I have been working on a biography about Anna Atkins to share with young adults. Larry Schaaf's writing has been so inspiring. It is exciting to read in his 1992 Out of the Shadow's Herschel, Talbot & the Invention of Photography and The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot about her ties with Sir John Herschel and W. H. F. Talbot. Mike Ware's work on cyanotypes is so informative and helpful. Thank you so much to both! I am trying to find out more about Anna Atkins' early life or any photographs of her home or the surroundings where she worked and grew up. I would greatly appreciate any direction the group might offer to further my independent research. Thank you! Judith

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Comment by Antiquarianphotographer on February 8, 2009 at 19:26
Hi Joanne~Thank you very much for your reply. Better still; The Detroit Art Museum as one of the surviving 12 copies of Anna Atkins' British Algae and I was able to spend time with it in person--very exciting--worth a visit to Detroit. From that visit I wrote an article published in The Photogram~The newsletter of the Michigan Photographic Historical Society , "The Cyanotype Process: Its Early Significance and Modern Usage" by Judith Harrison Kalter for the July 2008 issue. Please let me know if you would like a copy I could snail mail it to you. I did use the NYCL site in my research for that article. I am now trying to locate info on A A's early life~Most sincerely, Judith
Comment by Joanne Lukitsh on February 8, 2009 at 12:28
The New York Public Library has a digital version of "Photographs of British Algae." You can review the images on line or download.

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