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Flora Magnifica

The Art of Flowers in Four Seasons

Makoto Azuma, Shunsuke Shiinoki

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Makoto Azuma’s exceptional floral installations are captured in Shunsuke Shiinoki’s extraordinary photographs

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This sumptuous book is the product of a longstanding collaboration between renowned flower artist Makoto Azuma and botanical photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. Working together, they have selected hundreds of plant species and arranged them in striking combinations that could never occur in the natural world, so creating a unique floral aesthetic.

The result is a series of dense, luxuriant images, rich in colour and texture, in which nature and artifice are skilfully mingled. The four chapters are themed according to the cycle of the seasons: the freshness and new life of spring, the exuberance and abundance of summer, the fading grandeur of autumn and the deepening shadows of winter. An illustrated key at the back of the book allows readers to identify the plant varieties featured. Recalling the opulent still-life paintings of the 17th century, the photographs not only capture the surface beauty of the flowers, but suggest the burgeoning life brimming within them as well as its transience.

From the sensuality of opening petals to the unfurling elegance of fern fronds, these gorgeous displays are vividly preserved in a meditative and inspirational book that will enchant all lovers of nature and art.

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'This is no ordinary botanical handbook, but a magical meeting of nature and art'
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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 29.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 15 March 2018

ISBN: 9780500545003

Contents List

Foreword by Hideto Fuse • Introduction by Mokoto Azuma • 1. The Season of Birth • 2. The Season of Flourish • 3. The Season of Maturity • 4. The Season of Silence • List of Works

About the Author

Makoto Azuma co-founded the floral atelier Jardins des Fleurs in 2002 with photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. Azuma has since become internationally renowned for his extraordinary ‘botanical sculptures’, which he has exhibited extensively in New York City and Europe – and even shot into space. Azuma and Shiinoki have collaborated on three volumes of Encyclopedia of Flowers.

Shunsuke Shiinoki co-founded the floral atelier Jardins des Fleurs in 2002 with Makoto Azuma. Shiinoki and Azuma have collaborated on three volumes of Encyclopedia of Flowers.

List of Contributors

Hideto Fuse

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