Science crossing into art. Cyanotypes of algae from English botanist Anna Atkins’ 1843 work “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.” Collections of the New York Public Library which has one of the thirteen copies made.

"Sargassum bacciferum."
“Sargassum bacciferum.” Collection of the New York Public Library. In the public domain. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4b58-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=28d304b0-c612-012f-cd39-58d385a7bc34#page/8/mode/1up
"Cystoseira erucoides."
“Cystoseira erucoides.” Collection of the New York Public Library. In the public domain. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4b58-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=28d304b0-c612-012f-cd39-58d385a7bc34#page/9/mode/1up
"Cystoseira granulata."
“Cystoseira granulata.” Collection of the New York Public Library. In the public domain. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4b58-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99/book?parent=28d304b0-c612-012f-cd39-58d385a7bc34#page/10/mode/1up

Algae that looks like art. Cyanotypes from English botanist Anna Atkins’ 1843 work “Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions.” With only 13 copies ever made, we are lucky that one is in the collections of the New York Public Library and that they have scanned them for you and I to see.

Cystoseira fibrosa.
Cystoseira fibrosa. Collection of the New York Public Library. In the public domain. via https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/cyanotypes-of-british-algae-by-anna-atkins-1843/
"Chordaria flagelliformis."
“Chordaria flagelliformis.” Collection of the New York Public Library. In the public domain. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4b58-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
"Fucus vesiculosus."
“Fucus vesiculosus.” Collection of the New York Public Library. In the public domain. via https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47d9-4b48-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99