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Bloom is published by Horniman Museum & Gardens to accompany Edward Chell’s exhibition Bloom, installed in the museum’s Natural History Gallery until 6th December 2015.
Both exhibition and book take as their starting point the exquisite ‘sun prints’ made by Anna Atkins, the 19th-century pioneer photographer and natural historian. One of Atkins’ rare folios documenting British seaweeds forms part of the exhibition and is at the core of the publication.
The word ‘bloom’ conjures images of both extravagant floral beauty and toxic algal growth. The tensions between beauty and corruption, surfeit and depletion, discovery and loss inform both exhibition and book.
Bloom will be available from the Horniman shop and edwardchell.com/bloom/
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