The Most Beautiful Flowers

This photo series is Kenji Toma’s homage to the botanical illustration in Choix Des Plus Belles Fleures by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, one of the most well regarded flower encyclopedias of the 19th century. Back when color photography did not exist, these images were illustrated with the purpose of replicating the botanical subject as close to reality as possible. Kenji Toma is more interested in doing the exact opposite with the photographic medium which, realistic by nature, can also be used to make a subject look unreal, artificial. The result is a highly contemporary and fascinating revival of the concept of the botanical encyclopedia.

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Photographs by KENJI TOMA
Foreword by Kyohei Abe

Hardcover with title shield
196 pages, 88 color illustrations
12.4 x 9.8 x 0.9 inches, English
- Signed Copy available -
Publisher: KEHRER Verlag (Germany)
ISBN 978-3-86828-789-9