Flower

by Andrew Zuckerman

Flower

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Photographer Andrew Zuckerman turns his lens on exotic and familiar flower species.

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Where Flach uses black to offset most of his striking subjects, Andrew Zuckerman — another sharpshooter who has taken us inside the lion's den (2007's Creature) — uses white to set into vibrant relief the astonishing variety of botanical beauties in Flower. Some of our greatest photographers — Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston — have explored the erotic leanings and mysterious folds of the bloom. Zuckerman's crystalline vision is strictly

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Order: Ranunculales | Family: Ranunculaceae | Common Name: delphinium | Botanical Name: Delphinium cultivar

hide captionOrder: Ranunculales | Family: Ranunculaceae | Common Name: delphinium | Botanical Name: Delphinium cultivar

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Order: Fabales | Family: Fabaceae | Common Name: jade vine | Botanical Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys

hide captionOrder: Fabales | Family: Fabaceae | Common Name: jade vine | Botanical Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys

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Order: Dilleniales | Family: Paeoniaceae | Common Name: peony Botanical | Name: Paeonia cultivar

hide captionOrder: Dilleniales | Family: Paeoniaceae | Common Name: peony Botanical | Name: Paeonia cultivar

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Order: Rosales | Family: Rosaceae | Common Name: shrub rose | Botanical Name: Rosa Westerland

hide captionOrder: Rosales | Family: Rosaceae | Common Name: shrub rose | Botanical Name: Rosa Westerland

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Order: Asparagales | Family:  Orchidaceae | Common Name:  slipper orchid | Botanical Name:  Paphiopedilum Princess Sarella

hide captionOrder: Asparagales | Family: Orchidaceae | Common Name: slipper orchid | Botanical Name: Paphiopedilum Princess Sarella

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Excerpted from Flower by Andrew Zuckerman. Copyright 2012 by Andrew Zuckerman. Excerpted by permission of Chronicle Books.

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