Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants
  • Alternative view 1 of Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants
  • Alternative view 2 of Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants

Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World's Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants

by Jonathan Singer
     
 

An unabridged miniature edition of Botanica Magnifica, featuring two hundred and fifty stunning photographs of rare or exotic plants and flowers by the “Audubon of flowers,” Jonathan Singer

First published as an oversized clothbound volume in 2009, Botanica Magnifica has received widespread acclaim from the scientific and artistic

Overview

An unabridged miniature edition of Botanica Magnifica, featuring two hundred and fifty stunning photographs of rare or exotic plants and flowers by the “Audubon of flowers,” Jonathan Singer

First published as an oversized clothbound volume in 2009, Botanica Magnifica has received widespread acclaim from the scientific and artistic communities. In the words of an ARTnews critic, Singer’s flowers and plants, photographed “in large scale and exquisite detail, emerge from the shadows in a manner evocative of Old Master paintings.”

Now we are pleased to offer this masterwork of botanical photography as a pocket-sized hardcover book, in our trademarked Tiny Folio format. Mirroring the design of the larger edition, this little volume is organized into five alphabetically arranged sections: (I) Orchidaceae, presenting the full diversity of orchids; (II) Florilegium, portraying the complexity and beauty of flowers; (III) Proteus, illustrating plant forms perfectly adapted for survival; (IV) Zingiberaceae, a tribute to the fascinating ginger family and (V) Botanicus, a selection of beautiful and bizarre specimens from the Smithsonian’s research collection. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear and accessible description of its botany, geography, history, and conservation.

With its marvelous reproductions and fascinating text, the Tiny Folio of Botanica Magnifica is a charming miniature version of one of the most impressive volumes of natural history ever published.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Botanica Magnifica:

"This has to be, hands down, the most gorgeous book of the year." — ARTnews

"Goes way beyond typical nature photography to reveal not just the shape and substance of these living things but also their essence." — O, the Oprah Magazine

"Art aficionados marvel at their painterly quality, and botanists are in awe of how Singer manages to capture them so true to form." — Smithsonian Magazine

"You've never seen still-lifes of flora this crisp and hyper-real before. Photographer Jonathan Singer uses cutting edge digital techniques to reveal delicate structures of plant life to often jaw-dropping effect." — Elle Magazine

"A podiatrist photographs some of the world’s most endangered flowers with remarkable precision and artistry, hoping to raise the plants’ profiles before it’s too late." — Audubon Magazine

"…It's [Singer's] flowers, in Botanica Magnifica, that have caused quite a stir. Art aficionados marvel at their painterly quality, and botanists are in awe of how Singer manages to capture them so true to form…" — Smithsonian(dot)com

"A greenhouse between two covers." — Reader's Digest

"Botanica Magnifica is truly one of the most amazing natural history publications that has ever appeared…" — Zoom Magazine

"As rare and sublime as the marvels surveyed within its broad covers, Singer has produced a work to rest alongside some of the great botanical codexes in history, one for connoisseurs of the still-life, natural phenomena, and the photographic art." — Library Journal

"This single and singular volume…offers profound delight…Together the artist and the scientist observe and create diverse and new forms with these images." — Bloomsbury Review

"This impressive book should capture the imagination of naturalists and artists as well as the general public." — Choice

Library Journal
Through its size and luxuriant photographs by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Singer, this publication exalts the beauty and intricacy of plant life in a way unmatched in generations. Singer's ambitious project is a fulfillment of a desire to carry on the centuries-old tradition of botanical illustration while compelling increased awareness of habitat destruction—in his words "to provide the art that will help the science understand the urgency to conserve the world's biodiversity." Each of the over 250 digital images depicts a single species centered over a coal-black ground. The eye focuses on the plant, its unique character precisely accentuated. The photos are composed with such care, the colors so rich, that it is easy to forget that these are not animate beings imbued with real personalities. Singer organizes the images into five thematic sections in which dozens of plants are carefully arranged with brief technical descriptions by Kress (National Museum of Natural History at Smithsonian Inst. Libs.) and Hachadourian (New York Botanical Garden) appended. VERDICT As rare and sublime as the marvels surveyed within its broad covers, Singer has produced a work to rest alongside some of the great botanical codexes in history, one for connoisseurs of the still-life, natural phenomena, and the photographic art.—Douglas F. Smith, Berkeley P.L., CA\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789211378
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Series:
Tiny Folio Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 4.50(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan M. Singer has been honored with the Hasselblad Laureate Award (2008) and the Carl Linnaeus Silver Medal of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (2009). Dr.Singer’s appointments include that of Research Collaborator at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. His latest volume of photography is Fine Bonsai: Art & Nature

W. John Kress, Ph.D., is the director of the Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet and a curator of botany at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of Abbeville’s Weeping Goldsmith.

Marc Hachadourian is the manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at the New York Botanic Garden.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >