Anna Atkins

The cyanotype process was discovered in 1842 by the astronomer John Herschel, but it was the botanic Anna Atkins who used the technique in 1843 to edit and self-publish an illustrated book series about algae species.

She needed to reproduce the details of the different species. The cyanotype process allowed her to achieve that by creating the photograms from the plants itself, thus illustrating the scientific species in the most objective way, greatly surpassing the expectation for that period in time. Her work went beyond the scientific field, adding value to the arts and aesthetic disciplines.

Her book British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions it's consider the first photographic book and, Anna Atkins, the first woman photographer.


Blau cianotipia is my homage to the cyanotype process and Anna Atkins.

It's about nature and complex but yet simple things.

I use real plants to make my prints. Walking around and looking at what is already there and is only discovered by being present.

Blau is a project about life as it is.


Hi! I am Paula Guagliardi.

I loved the cyanotype process since the first time I saw a print from Anna Atkins, then I learned the technique and definitely fell for it. Hope some of this inspire you to learn more about the process and Anna Atkins.

Feel free to reach out about information, collaborations or custom works.

You can also follow the project on Instagram blau.cianotipia