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The Iris.

A Special Book THE IRIS. Photographs by Josh Westrich, text by Ben Hager. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1989. Illustrated, 142 pp., hardbound, $40.00.

Photographers--and other artists--who return again and again to the same subject find subtleties, nuances and distinctions that escape the average viewer. In The Iris, German photographer Josh Westrich explores the sublime beauties of just one type of iris. Westrich has specialized in flower photography since he graduated in photo design from tire Folkwangschule in Essen, West Germany, and has developed his own highly distinctive and individual technique.

Eighty pages of large color photographs lead the viewer's eye into and through a rainbow of intermingling colors and stunning natural forms. Not just a book of pretty flower photos, The Iris provides the art teacher with examples of compelling photographic close-ups, beautiful natural forms and the color purple as never seen before. The photographs are accompanied by detailed descriptions and an evocative history of the flower by Ben Hager, an internationally renowned iris expert. A book equally at home on coffee table or resource shelf.
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Title Annotation:Resource Center
Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1990
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