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The Photographer in the Garden (Aperture, $50), co-written by Jamie M. Allen and Sarah Anne McNear, explores how the art of photography adopted the theme of gardens and suggests how the photographer is a kind of gardener seeking the beauty of a perfect composition. The book explains how successful photography incorporates a love of the subject and how black-and-white images shift attention to structures, forms, and textures. The volume displays the work of myriad botanists, sculptors, artists, and photographers as diverse as Anna Atkins, the first botanist/photographer to publish a book with photographic images; Karl Blossfeldt, an artist and photographer inspired by nature and the ways in which plants grow; and Edward Steichen, who famously said that he “knew that trees and plants have roots, stems and branches [and] reach up to the light,” but had to learn “that the magician was the light itself.” This elegant and radiant book is a noteworthy gift for the art and nature lover.

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ISBN: 9781597113731
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Published: Aperture - April 15th, 2018

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Richly illustrated with over four hundred color images, How Plants Work: Form, Diversity, Survival (Princeton, $35) is an informative account and a celebration of the complex world of plants. And just as medical practitioners specialize in different parts of the human body, botanist and professor Stephen Blackmore focuses on investigating specific organs and processes in plants. Each section of the book emphases how “deceptively simple” plants are in that they are constructed from very familiar organs: roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and cones. But the keynote of the book is its exploration of the diversity of each major organ in order to lay out the plants’ life cycles and reproduction. Blackmore also wants us to be conscious of the role plants play for humanity. He shares his passion for plants and hopes to attract people to look more closely at plants and to understand how diverse and how important they are for our future.

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By Stephen Blackmore, Peter Crane (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780691177496
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 9th, 2018