Synopses & Reviews
The scent of lavender fills the air in the French region of Provence. Hans Silvester, who has lived in Provence for almost 40 years, has photographed lavender in all four seasons, capturing the changing colors, shapes, and formal beauty of the plant. This vibrant new edition of the 1996 original features an updated design and a smaller format. The stunning photographs, 40 of which are new to this edition, are complemented by a revised text and the addition of informative captions.
As Silvester's photographs show, the fields of lavender encapsulate the sometimes contradictory nature of Provence: the rich, potent purple of summer contrasting with the subdued amber of autumn; the hard, gray earth of winter giving way to the tender green of spring. His images also reveal the area's varied terrain, from broad plains to hills and mountains, where scattered farms form a lavender patchwork on the rocky slopes. The text, by fragrance expert Christiane Meunier, recounts the history of lavender, which, as this sumptuous volume demonstrates, remains an essential element of the character and beauty of Provence.
- There are many changes in new edition: a new trim size (smaller and now horizontal with fewer pages); a lower price; a more modern layout; new colorful chapter openings; a new jacket; almost 40 new photographs; more full-page images; more succinct text; and the addition of captions.
- No other book of beautiful photographs is devoted to lavender fields and the history of lavender.
About the Author
Hans Silvester, an acclaimed photographer and member of the Rapho agency, lives in Provence. He has published close to 20 photography books, including Abrams' Horses of the Camargue, Desert Eves: An Indian Paradise, and H2O: The Beauty & Mystery of Water. Christiane Meunier is a professional in the fragrance industry. She has published several books and articles on the history and economy of lavender.