Flora Photographica: The Flower in Contemporary Photography (Hardcover)

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Flora Photographica: The Flower in Contemporary Photography (Hardcover)


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Vivid, colorful, and spectacular: a lush and definitive overview showcasing the masterworks of flower photography by the world’s leading photographers.

Flowers have been a source of inspiration for photographers since the medium’s inception; immortalized by luminaries such as Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, and Julia Margaret Cameron. Today, flower photography has come into full bloom once again, with photographers capturing flowers in inspiring new ways. Featuring two hundred works, Flora Photographica links the very best of flower photography from the past twenty years with its predecessors—canonical floral images from the realms of photography, illustration, and painting that have marked the collective imagination.

Works by contemporary photographers such as David LaChapelle, Valérie Belin, Viviane Sassen, and Martin Schoeller appear across ten thematic chapters, among them “Origins,” “Arrangements,” “Essence,” “Persona,” and “Reverie,” which also include a brief introduction to the particular topic. These are complemented by two in-depth essays by authors William Ewing and Danaé Panchaud, which explore the relationship between contemporary works and the rich traditions of floral art and photography.

Vibrant and abundant with various species of flora, this stunning book is both a celebration of beauty and a study of form, making it a must-have publication for lovers of flowers and photography alike.

William A. Ewing is an author, lecturer, and curator of photography and former director of the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. His many publications on photography include Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements and Civilization.

Danaé Panchaud is a curator and lecturer specializing in photography and the director of the Photoforum Pasquart in Biel, Switzerland.
Product Details ISBN: 9780500024584
ISBN-10: 0500024588
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English
Dazzling... Brings the history of flower photography up into the new millennium... Poignant essays...accompany the images.
— Airmail

Can photographers capture the vitality of flowers compellingly, innovatively, and beautifully? [This] book gives a resounding yes [and] shows that they remain a powerful springboard for visual experimentation and meaning.
— Lauren Moya Ford - Hyperallergic