Anna Atkins, Page from Britsh Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, 1843
Anna Atkins (1799-1871) British botanical and photographer, was the first person to publish a book illustrated only with photographic images and is considered the first woman photographer.
With books like British Algae (1843) or Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns (1853), she pioneered the use of photography as an accurate means of scientific illustration.
The artistic beauty of her images, was a strong inspiration for the avant-garde artists.
George Hoyningen-Huene, Divers (Photographer Horst P. Horst in Swimwear by Izod, photo for Vogue, 1930)
Hoyningen-Huene’s best-known photograph shows two bathers—one, his lover and protégé, Horst P. Horst; the other, an androgynous female model—facing away from the camera, staring across an infinite horizon toward the “sea” (in reality, the balustrade on the roof of Vogue’s Paris studio).
Nadar, Self-portrait, c.1865
Charles Ebbets, Rockefeller Center, 1932
Film Portrait (She) I, 2005
Marriage (Film Portrait Collage) LXI, 2010
Marriage I, 2006
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Scherzo di follia (Countess of Castiglione), c.1863-66
Mario de Biasi, Park Avenue, 1964
Diane Arbus, Self-portrait.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret”
Umbo, Dreamers, c. 1929
Perate (Spanish Photographer), Portrait of a Young Girl, c.1860