Author(s): Jonathan Singer
"Botanica Magnifica" features two hundred and fifty stunning photographs by Hasselblad Laureate-winner Jonathan Singer. Inspired by the size and scope of Audubon's "Birds of America", the original edition of "Botanica Magnifica" was published as double-elephant folio. Now Singer's magnificent photos are available to the public for the first time in this edition, a baby-elephant folio. Like the larger edition, this volume is organized into five sections: Orchidaceae, presenting the full diversity of orchids, one of the largest and most exquisite families of flowering plants; Florilegium, portraying the complexity and beauty of flowers; Proteus, named for the shape-changing sea god of Greek mythology because it illustrates plant forms perfectly adapted for survival; Zingiberaceae, a tribute to the ginger family, whose members include both common tropical plants and rarities threatened with extinction; and, Botanicus, a selection of beautiful and bizarre specimens from the renowned botanical research collection of the National Museum at the Smithsonian. Each section is introduced by a gatefold page that displays one extraordinary plant at a luxurious size.
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"
(see page 12).
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.
Table of Contents from: Botanica Magnifica Preface Introduction I. Orchidaceae Presents the full diversity of orchids, one of the largest and most exquisite families of flowering plants. II. Florilegium Portrays the complexity and beauty of flowers. III. Proteus Named for the shape-changing sea god of Greek mythology because it illustrates plant forms perfectly adapted for survival. IV. Zingerbraceae A tribute to the ginger family, whose members include both common tropical plants and rarities at risk of extinction. V. Botanicus A selection of beautiful and bizarre specimens from the renowned botanical research collection of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian. Index of Plant Names