Pushing Boundaries – Becks Butler

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‘Pushing Boundaries’ is an ongoing project which celebrates the institutional and intellectual empowerment of women. In 1842, Anna Atkins, the first recorded female photographer, began her investigation of British algae through the cyanotype process, the medium employed in this series. Cyanotype is a photographic blueprint developed through a mixture of chemistry and the exposure of a print to UV light.

Pushing Boundaries uses this photographic process to make visible the achievements female academics and intellectuals in Ireland at a time when women are still under-represented in positions of power and influence in Irish education.

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