Flower Power - Vanity Fair Article about Botanica Magnifica, May 2008
Jonathan Singer in front of his photograph of a Hippeastrum ‘Toscana,’ a new hybrid amaryllis.
Flower Power - Vanity Fair Article about Botanica Magnifica,
Jonathan Singer in front of his photograph of a Hippeastrum ‘Toscana,’ a new hybrid amaryllis. Photograph by Howard Schatz.
Armed with a digital camera, a decades-old printer, and a jeweler’s tool nicknamed the Gadget, New Jersey podiatrist Jonathan Singer takes pictures of endangered flowers. His extraordinary photographs have impressed Eileen Ford, the Smithsonian, and Jonathan Singer is the first one who received The Hasselblad Laureate Award. The Award is a sign of international recognition given to the photographers who express themselves in a unique and creative way. The Hasselblad Laureate Award is given not yearly, but sporadically, only when the Hasselblad jury has found a new topic.
Photographer Jonathan Singer has received the Hasselblad Laureate Award for his unique work with extremely rare flowers and plants. His unique photographic works in both black and white and in color, which can be seen in books and various exhibitions, give the public access to the wonderful world of flowers and plants. Jonathan Singer is working with a traditional and simple light setting - almost like a classical painting - where the motivation comes naturally obtained and hence is in focus. In other words, Jonathan Singer has a tremendous passion and respect for plants and flowers and leaves us and many generations after us the chance to experience the finest of nature creations - interpreted by a master photographer.
As Singer’s masterpiece, Botanica Magnifica, prepares for a Washington, D.C., unveiling, the author traces the journey of this unlikely “Master of Light.”
by Howard Kaplan WEB EXCLUSIVE March 25, 2008
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