â€œOpen your eyes and you will see the beauty from withinâ€, these are the words that come to mind, as I explain the photographs of Jonathan Singer. Described as a â€œforce of natureâ€ Singer brings to life â€œrare exotic flowers and plantsâ€ using photography and his extraordinary vision; the compilation of the two brings to fruition photographs which bring to mind the works of Rembrandt.
Â On January 28th the public will have the opportunity to view the one of a kind photographs by Jonathan Singer. The exhibit â€œBotanica Magnificaâ€ will be presented in two parts. â€œPart Oneâ€ is on view January 28 through April 15, and â€œPart Twoâ€ will be on view April 21 through August 26 at the New Jersey State Museum.
Â The museum exhibit is organized by guest curator Dr. Karen Reeds well-known for her work with science and history. The exhibition will unite two of the State Museumâ€™s subject areas, â€œNatural History and Fine Artâ€, and will look at Jonathan Singerâ€™s extraordinary photographs from both perspectives.
Â Singerâ€™s photography is unique in that it defies conventional views and opens to all who behold it; a world of photography like no other. Through his camera lens he captures the soul of the object he is photographing.
Â Â His photographs can be seen in the â€œJoseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington, DC, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), Stockholm, Sweden, the Huntington Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.
Â In 2009, he was awarded the Carl Linnaeus Silver Medal for merging art and science, from the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. He was also awarded the international Hasselblad Prize Laureate award; granted to photographers in recognition of their major achievementsâ€. Most recently he was acknowledged by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and received an award, â€œin recognition and appreciation for his work of the botanical worldâ€. Â Singer is one of the first photographers to receive such a prestigious award. Singer also has two photography books to his credit â€œBotanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Beautiful and Rare Flowers and Plantsâ€ and â€œBonsai, Art and Natureâ€.
Â To view â€œBotanica Magnifica:Â Photographs by Jonathan Singer,â€ visit the New Jersey State Museum, located at 205 West State Street in Trenton. It is open on Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays and all state holidays. General admission to the Museum is free.Â For more information, please visit the Museumâ€™s website at www.newjerseystatemuseum.org or call the recorded information line at (609) 292-6464.Â On weekends, free parking is available in lots adjacent to and behind the Museum.
Â If interested in learning more about Jonathan Singer sign on to his website at www.jonathan-singer-photography.comÂ and enter into the magnificent botanical world of photographer Jonathan Singer.
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