The Photographer in the Garden, Aperture Press
When considered together the photographs collated in this title illustrate the changing relationship between humans and nature from the 19th Century to today. The book includes the early cyanotypes of Anna Atkins that date to the 1840s to the graphic plant photographs of Karl Blossfeldt in the 1920s, Robert Mapplethorpe’s works of isolated cut flowers and through to Collier Schorr’s highly constructed photographs of gardens in the 2000s.
The realtionship that we have with gardens and plants is shown via images of people spending time tenderly caring for their given plot and the early experiments of William Henry Fox Talbot . The sculptural qualities of plants as explored by Blossfeldt but also by Henry Wessel in the 1970s and the garden photograph as art work in the practice of artists such as Larry Sultan, Stephen Shore and Jimmy Fike.
Hardback. 256 pages.
Measurements: 25cm x 29.5cm x 2.8cm