cloth, folio, 56 p. with 32 plates, $75, one of 2,000 copies
Nazraeli Press specializes in well-designed, thoughtfully produced photography books, bringing to our desks and coffee tables exquisite yet meditative works of art. This book examines Ron van Dongen's views of flowers and plants in large, sepia-like plates. These plates remind one of 19th-century salt prints, taken when photography was still an experimental science and young art. In her introduction to this book, Carolyn Quartermaine calls Mr. van Dongen's images delicate, like crystal or porcelain. His close-ups and unusual perspectives on flowers and other things botanic produce anything but a fragile effect, however; instead, I found his images to be organic, lively and fantastic. For those interested in photography — especially botanical images — this book will be a source of inspiration, revealing plants and flowers in ways you might never imagine. Let's hope for more wonderful books on botanical themes from Nazraeli Press!
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden