Flora Magnifica

The Art of Flowers in Four Seasons


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


ISBN: 9780500545003 Category:

Makoto Azuma, Shunsuke Shiinoki


This sumptuous book is not a reference work, nor it is simply a collection of beautiful flowers. It is the product of a longstanding collaboration between renowned flower artist Makoto and botanical photographer Shunsuke Shiinoki. Working together, they have selected hundreds of plant species and arranged them in striking combinations that could never exist 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. 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.

Additional information

Weight 1611 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 30.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2018
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.6 x 30.8 cm
Weight 1611 g


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