Nature in Miniature

Feininger, Author, Andreas Feininger, Author Rizzoli International Publications $35 (140p) ISBN 978-0-8478-1037-6
These 113 color photographs take a close look at bits and pieces of nature: leaves, flowers, rocks, spider webs, lichen, caterpillars, pine cones. Bright, clear colors and startlingly crisp focus show off Feininger's ( In a Grain of Sand: Exploring Design by Nature ) technical expertise, as he examines the scaly detail of a butterfly wing, the ``structural and artistic feat of genius'' of a feather, a broken conch shell which seems to ``greet an approaching storm with open arms,'' the sexual imagery revealed in a piece of driftwood, in a couple of acorns, in the landscapes contained in a thin slice of agate. At times, overtly manipulative composition (e.g., shots taken from a very low angle to enhance the monumentality of a small subject) detracts from the documentary integrity of the majority of these pictures. Wide-eyed, big-hearted commentary and captions exclaim the wonder and pleasure Feininger finds in nature. (July)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
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