DISPERSAL: Seed Pod Photography by Anna Laurent

Exhibit - Photography | January 17 – 30, 2017 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Individually, each photograph is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific inquiry into the diversity of botanic design. Each includes companion text about the specimen's form & function.

Anna Laurent is an artist with a unique insight into the natural world. In her series Dispersal, she explores the myriad forms through which plants reproduce. To the uninitiated, Laurent’s close up portraits of flora and seeds could easily be mistaken for works of abstract art or images of contemporary sculpture. From samples collected as far afield as Hawaii and Kurdistan, Laurent’s work serves as a stunning reminder of the diversity, beauty and fragility of the natural world.
In 2016, Laurent published her first book, The Botanical Wallchart (Octopus / University of Chicago Press), an exploration of botanical illustration in the 19th and early 20th century. Anna has also collaborated with award-winning film-maker and documentary photographer Lauren Greenfield, including on the Queen of Versailles, for which Greenfield won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award.

Based in Los Angeles, Laurent has exhibited across the United States including at Harvard University, the Berkeley Botanical Garden, and the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, as well as in Dubai. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Print Magazine, Garden Design Magazine, Harvard Magazine and HYMN.

 Free with Garden Admission

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