Botanica Magnifica

April 18, 2008 – November 4, 2008

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Ground Floor, Constitution Ave. Lobby, East Side Floor Plan

On view in this research case is a single image of wild ginger (Hedychium longicornutum) from the five-volume work Botanica Magnifica, a collection that includes photographs of specimens in the Smithsonian's living plant collections taken by Jonathan Singer. His large-format photographs capture the beauty and complexity of the botanical world while dissolving the boundaries between art and science, thus enhancing our appreciation and understanding of how nature works. Also in the case are a dried, pressed specimen of wild ginger and a Hasselblad digital camera, model H2D-39.