Plant Kingdoms

The Plant Kingdoms of Charles Jones

  1. Sean Sexton
  2. Robert Flynn Johnson
  • ISBN 9780500544631
  • 23.00 x 16.40 cm
  • Quarterbound/PLC (no jacket)
  • 128pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2016

A new, compact edition of a publication that challenges the traditional narrative of the history of photography

Plant Kingdoms

‘A cornucopia of hundreds of ravishing photographs of fruits, flowers and mundane vegetables, magically transformed into art’ – New York Times
‘Magnificent’– Time Out
‘Detailed still-lifes of fruits, vegetables and flower heads, taken with admirable clarity and good composition’– The Art Newspaper

First published in 1998, The Plant Kingdoms of Charles Jones is an exquisite visual feast for anyone who draws delight from the riches of nature.

The images have a wider significance in the history of photography and of the still-life genre in general, as explained in the book’s introduction by Robert Flynn Johnson.

It presents more than 100 photographs of vegetables, fruits and flowers, all taken by the same photographer at around the turn of the 20th century, and all set against neutral, dark or light backgrounds in the style of formal studio ‘portraits’.

For a contemporary audience, the photographs’ simple and unembellished beauty is the perfect antidote to appetites jaded by processed foods and 21st-century artifice. They communicate and inspire a loving respect for the beauty in nature.

Sean Sexton is an Irish-born photographic collector and author of The Irish: A Photohistory. Robert Flynn Johnson is Curator Emeritus of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Alice Waters [preface] is the author of a bestselling series of books based on the recipes of her restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.