In 1843 Anna Atkins began producing Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, the first book to be printed and illustrated using photography. Today, 175 years later, her landmark project—compelling in its fusion of science and art, its modernity, and its realization by a woman in an age marked by the feats of men—remains a touchstone for viewers and makers alike. This exhibition brings together a diversity of works by 19 contemporary artists whose respective practices attest to the wide reach and generative nature of Atkins’s continuing legacy.

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Meet the Artists: A Series of Mid-Day Conversations in the Gallery - Various dates from October 15–December 19

Be sure to check out the original work of Anna Atkins herself in our companion exhibition Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins, on view October 19, 2018–February 17, 2019.

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