Radiant Beings: The Magical Essence of Flowers
photographs by Joyce Tenneson
Shanti Arts is very proud to offer Joyce Tenneson's new book, Radiant Beings: The Magical Essence of Flowers. Tenneson is internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation. Her work has been published in books and major magazines and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. She is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012.
“At first, I pointed my lens exclusively on humans, but in 2003, I shifted focus and made my first book featuring flowers. I have published two other books on flowers, Flower Portraits in 2003 and Intimacy: The Sensual Essence of Flowers in 2007. Radiant Beings: The Magical Essence of Flowers is my effort to extend my fascination with the inner life of my human subjects, to the botanicals in this book.
“This time around, I decided not to be so focused on the outer structure and formal aspects of the flowers. As a portrait photographer, I have never seen flowers as mere decorations; they have always seemed like distinct personalities with a secret life of their own. Flowers have always been a symbol for life— welcoming new births and accompanying the departed. . . .
“When the Covid Pandemic hit, I surrounded myself in my studio with a cacophony of flowers and vines, keeping them for long periods to interact with and observe their life cycles. I never knew what each day would bring. I just trusted and launched myself into the great unknown, hoping I would be energized by what was revealed. The photographs in this book are records of the interactions I have had with my flower subjects.
“I offer them to you in the hope that they may open new worlds for you, as well.”
PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / Artists' Books
ISBN: 978-1-951651-75-6 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
“Every so often an artist comes along who defies the easy labeling that curators and critics feel obliged to stick on everything under their rapacious gaze. In spite of lacking obvious inspirations and role models, these artists manage to create deeply felt, radical works that an extraordinary number of viewers respond to with fervor and pleasure.”
“Tenneson possesses a unique vision which makes her photographs immediately recognizable. She creates enigmatic and sensuous images that are timeless and haunting.”
Internationally lauded as one of the leading photographers of her generation, Joyce Tenneson’s work has been published in books and major magazines, and exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her portraits have appeared on covers for magazines such as: Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine.
Tenneson is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards),and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012. In a poll conducted by American Photo Magazine, readers voted Tenneson among the ten most influential women in the history of photography. In the Fall of 2014, Fotografiska Museum, in Stockholm, Sweden, mounted a large retrospective of her work which was seen by approximately 30,000 people. Tenneson’s work has been exhibited in museums around the globe and is part of many private and public collections.
In addition to her photography exhibits and books, Tenneson has taught master photography classes in the U.S. and Europe for over forty years.
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