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The photographic representation of flowers began with the very inception of photography.  It was inspired by and continued a long tradition of flower portraiture and botanical illustration stretching back to the 15th century. Like the paintings and engravings that came before, the photography of flowers follows many paths, from scientific botanical studies such as those of William Henry Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, through expressions of the symbolic "language of flowers" as seen in work by photographers as diverse as Julia Margaret Cameron and Robert Mapplethorpe, to deep meditative portrayals of the whole flower in its habitat, or of abstracted sections, focusing in on a single petal or stem, as in the work of Imogen Cunningham, Yasuhiro Ishimoto and Robert Mapplethorpe.  Whatever the photographer's style and point of view, great photographs of flowers always seem to portray them as something far more than just themselves: their beauty, sensuality and abstract sculptural quality express the beauty and mystery of life itself.
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