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The Garden at Night: Private Views of Public Edens
Synopses & Reviews
Linda Rutenberg's images capture an astonishing world hidden in plain sight. By photographing public and botanical gardens at night, Rutenberg reveals a luminous landscape of plants, colors, shadows, and light. Twenty-one gardens throughout NorthAmerica are included, each with intimate portraits of their regional flowers and plants glowing in the blackness, revealing a secret nighttime world of subtle yet vibrant beauty. An essay by celebrated author Christopher Dewdney illuminates the mystique of gardens and the nature of seeing. The Garden at Night will enchant art-lovers and garden-lovers alike.
Book News Annotation:
This beautifully illustrated publication features introductions by actor William Shatner and author Christopher Dewdney, but the focus is almost entirely on the images of photographer Linda Rutenberg, taken at 21 different botanical gardens across the United States and Canada. Brief introductions tell the story of each garden; every full-color photograph is captioned with the plant's common and Latin names, and the book is peppered throughout with quotes from Romantic-era poets suiting the images. The publication includes both a garden and a plant index, and is intended for a general readership. Oversize: 11.5x13.25" Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Linda Rutenberg has taught photography and worked as a freelance photographer for thirty years. She has a BFA in film and music and an MFA in photography from Concordia University. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and can be found in many prestigious collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Agnes Etherington Collection, Standard Life, and the Bibliothèque nationale in Paris. Ms. Rutenberg has also produced several books, including the award-winning Mont Royal: A World Apart and a series on North American cities with ECW Press. She lives and works in Montreal, Canada, and her work may be seen at www.lindarutenberg.com.
Christopher Dewdney is the author of Acquainted with the Night, a celebration of the art, the science, and the culture of nighttime. He is a prize-winning poet and essayist who has written extensively about language, culture, and media. He was featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary Poetry in Motion and is the author of three books of nonfiction-Last Flesh, The Secular Grail, and The Immaculate Perception-as well as eleven books of poetry. He is a three-time nominee for Governor General's Awards and a first-prize winner of the CBC Literary Competition. Dewdney lives in Toronto, Canada, where he is writer in residence at the Glendon campus of York University.
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