Anna Atkins (1799 – 1871) was an English botanist and photographer. She is one of the earliest recorded women photographers. She adopted John Herschel’s cyanotype process to make a series of studies of algae.
In 1843, she self-published her photograms in the first installment of Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions in October 1843. Although privately published, with a limited number of copies, and with handwritten text, this is considered the first book illustrated with photographic images.