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Trees: National Champions

Art / Photobook

By: B Bosworth, DR Nickel and JR Stilgoe

169 pages, b/w photos

MIT Press

Hardback | Sep 2005 | #159960 | ISBN: 0262025922
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About this book

Hauntingly beautiful photographs of 70 "champion" trees - each the biggest of its species - in a book that offers a dignified portrait of the American landscape and its true environmental heroes.

Trees capture our imagination because they are rooted solidly in the earth but point ethereally toward the sky. They occupy a dimension that has as much to do with time and patience as with place and landscape. They are vertical beings to whom we attribute qualities both divine and human.

Since 1991, photographer Barbara Bosworth has been on a quest to photograph America's "champion" trees - trees that are the biggest of their species, as recorded in the National Register of Big Trees, a list established and maintained by the non-profit conservation organisation American Forests. Bosworth's 70 photographs of champion trees are not only a collection of tree portraits but the story of an American adventure as well.

... a subtle and complex portrait of our cultural landscape, as well as our celebrated trees. Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Plants & Gardens News "Bosworth's dramatic, panoramic black-and-white photographs simultaneously document our country's evolving landscape and capture the dignity, tenacity, and singular nobility of gnarled yet graceful giants. Eloquent essays complement the stark beauty of Bosworth's photographic paean honoring individual trees' triumph over onslaught of time and the environment." Booklist "The power of this book, its strange beauty, is in Ms. Bosworth's glorious photographs of the trees themselves. An aloe yucca, in Georgia, like a leggy creature out of Dr. Seuss. A Sitka spruce in Oregon, elephantine in the puny woods that surround it. A gumbo-limbo in a Florida cemetery, its wide limbs a peaceful invitation. Ms. Bosworth's art respects their integrity, even in unworthy surroundings. Let us now praise famous trees." Wall Street Journal's Weekend Edition

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Barbara Bosworth is a photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and collected. She is on the faculty at Massachusetts College of Art. Roger Conover is a writer, curator, and Executive Editor of The MIT Press. Douglas R. Nickel is Director of the Center for Creative Photography and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona, Tucson. John R. Stilgoe is Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at Harvard University.

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