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Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins may not have been the first woman to ever take a photograph – that honour looks likely to have gone to Constance Fox Talbot in around 1839 – but she is the first woman known to have been a photographer. Atkins had access to a camera as early as 1841. She learned both 'photogenic drawing' and the calotype process from William Henry Fox Talbot, but it is her work with Herschel's cyanotype process that she is justly famous for.

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