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Ocean Flowers: Impressions from Nature

Art / PhotobookOut of Print

Edited By: C Armstrong and C De Zegher

312 pages, 200 col plates

Princeton University Press

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #150366 | ISBN: 0691119481
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Ocean Flowers explores a little-known moment of exhilarating artistic experimentation. The book focuses on natural-history imagery in the mid-nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on botanical drawings and photograms by the artist Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and her Victorian contemporaries.

This book is an extraordinarily beautiful compendium of natural history illustration, matched by searching ideas about what is going into and is being projected by these images. -- Maggie McDonald New Scientist This book, with thoughtful essays and historical analyses, is more than an exhibition catalogue. A most unusual and lovely book. Northeastern Naturalist


Plates 7 Ocean Flowers and Their Drawings 69 Introduction Acknowledgments by Catherine de Zegher Cameraless 87 Fron Natural Illustrations and Nature Prints to Manual and Photogentic Drawings and Other Botanographs by Carol Armstrong World and Word 181 by Craigie Horsfield The Victorian "Book of Nature" 215 Modeling, Mimesis, and the Community of Forms by Kathryn A. Tuma Imaging Flowers 243 Perceptual Mimesis (Particularly Delphinium) by Elaine Scarey On Purple and the Genesis of Photography 271 or the Natural History of an Exposure by Eedward Eigen Plates 289

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Carol Armstrong is Professor of Art and Archaeology and Doris Stevens Professor and Director of Women's Studies at Princeton University. Catherine de Zegher is Director of the Drawing Center in New York.

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