The handwritten letter from Mrs Mary Somerville to Sir John Herschel, please note it is dated September 20, 1845

Did Sir John Herschel or Mrs Mary Somerville discover anthotypes?

According to my research, it was Sir John Herschel who discovered the anthotype process and not Mrs Mary Somerville. As soon as I publish an article or text mentioning “Anthotype” and “Herschel”, I invariably get comments saying that it was Mrs Mary Somerville who “invented” the anthotype process. I have not seen any evidence of this in my research and share my findings here in chronological order. Writer / Malin … Read more

birthdays of inventors of alternative photographic processes

Today we are 23 years old! Help make a list of Inventors of alternative photographic processes

AlternativePhotography.com is now 23 years old. Help us make a list of birthdays for inventors of alternative photographic processes, women and men throughout history who contributed to making alt. photo. proc. to what they are today. Please note the information on this list is not verified with sources unless it states so (Wikipedia does not count as a source) and the name of the contributor is stated after each listing. … Read more

J.F.W. Herschel taken by Julia Margaret Cameron

The chemistry of anthotypes

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. Sir John Herschels description of how light changes pigment to make an anthotype.

Portrait of Mrs. Mary Somerville

The history of anthotypes

An excerpt from Anthotypes – Explore the darkroom in your garden and make photographs using plants. How the anthotype was discovered.

Organic photography floribunda

Organic photography

Clive Heritage-Tilley describes some unusual photographic applications using chemistry pioneered by Sir John Herschel.