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Andrew Zuckerman’s Extraordinary Portraits of Flowers

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Blossoms like you’ve never seen them before.

Thanks to his ethos of curiosity and rigor as the key to creativity, photographer Andrew Zuckerman has consistently managed to captivate the imagination and stir the soul with his crisp portraits of nature’s creatures, celebrated musicians, and our era’s most beloved elders. He now brings his singular lens to nature’s most vibrant and whimsical flora with Flower (public library) — a collection of mesmerizing, luminous close-ups of more than 150 species, making the familiar sparkle with newfound curiosity and shedding scintillating light on the exotic.

Here is but a tiny taste — though it’s worth noting the screen does Zuckerman’s lush, rich artwork absolutely no justice.

Datura fastuosa 'Double Purple'

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

fiddlehead fern

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Rosa Charlotte

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Aechmea 'Del Mar'

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Brugmansia suaveolens

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Cannabis sativa species Indica cultivar

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Chrysanthemum 'Coral Reef'

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Couroupita guianensis

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Maxillariella picta

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Paeonia cultivar 6

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Paphiopedilum Pink Fred

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

Strongylodon macrobotrys

Andrew Zuckerman :: flowerthebook.com

In addition to the photographs, Zuckerman also produced a series of breathtaking short timelapse films with fantastic sound design:

Flower comes on the heels of Zuckerman’s Bird, the sequel to Creature.

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