The First Female Photographer ?




Anna Atkins (Children) Albumen print – 1861. Born in Kent,England -March 16,1799 – June 9,1871. Anna was a botanist and photographer ,she married John Atkins in 1825 and was elected to the London Botanical Society in 1839. Anna Atkins was known to use a camera in 1841.

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Others claim that Constance Talbot -1811-1880 is the first female photographer. Constance married William Henry Fox Talbot in 1832, he was a key figure in the early development of photography. No camera based photos survived by either woman, so the issue will likely never be resolved.


Constance Talbot-the only photograph known of her.

Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins.

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