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Friday, October 30, 2009

Botanica Magnifica in Denver!

(Victoria Amazonica photograhed by Jonathan Singer, Botanica Magnifica, 2009)
Botanica Magnifica features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by Hasselblad Laureate Award winner Jonathan Singer.
The original edition of Botanica Magnifica was limited to ten copies, the first of which was donated to the Smithsonian Institution and is kept in the Cullman Rare Book Room at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The original volume is hand bound in goatskin, hand sown by Kerstin Tini Miura, German master bookbinder who now has ateliers both in California and Japan.
The extra-large “double-elephant” format of this first edition was chosen in honor to the famous double-elephant folio of The Birds of America by Audubon. The original is said to be worth $2.5 million.
The trade edition, baby-elephant folio of Botanica Magnifica was recently released by Abbeville Press. The volume is, like the original, organized into five alphabetically arranged sections. Each pictured plant is accompanied by a clear description of its botany, geography, folklore, history, and conservation. The species included are rare plants, historically significant flowers, gold medal winners, newly discovered plants, and plants that are just beautiful.
Dr. Singer, a podioatrist by profession, is photographing all his specimens with Hasselblad camera on black background, in low light and he only takes one single shot for each entry. Dr. Singer was named a Hasselblad Laureate Award winner (May 2008) based on his contribution to fine art photography and to “our perception and appreciation of the botanical world”.
The authors for the book are John Kress, the Curator of Botany and Research Scientist at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution and Marc Hachadourian, the Acting Manager of the Nolen Greenhouses for the New York Botanical Garden.
Flowers Writ Large by Smithsonian Magazine, May 21, 2009

Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting a Botanica Magnifica presentation and book signing on November 7th, 10 a.m. – noon with Jonathan Singer and W. John Kress. The baby-elephant, presented in a collectors slipcase will sell at this event for pre-publication price of $135. The event is FREE for General Public. More detailed information, please click here.

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