From famous locations to the simplest home vegetable garden, from worlds imagined by artists to vintage family snapshots, The Photographer in the Garden traces the garden’s rich history in photography and delights readers with spectacular images. Picture commentaries by Sarah Anne McNear and an informative essay from curator Jamie M. Allen broaden our understanding of photography and how it has been used to record the glory of the garden. The book features photographers from all eras, including Anna Atkins, Karl Blossfeldt, Eugène Atget, Edward Steichen, Imogen Cunningham, Stephen Shore, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Collier Schorr. This sublime and beautiful book brings together some of the most stunning photography in the history of the medium.
Jamie M. Allen is associate curator in the department of photography at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York. Allen’s work at the Eastman Museum focuses on exhibition development and care of the collection. She is the author of Picturing America’s National Parks (Aperture, 2015).
Sarah Anne McNear has over thirty years of experience in museums and cultural nonprofits, with a specialization in photography and community-based art education. She is the author of several books on photography, has served on various advisory committees, and is currently a board member of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, and Aperture Foundation.