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Publisher: Bulfinch / TimeWarner
Release Date: September 14, 2001 – 2nd printing
ISBN: 0821227394
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre: Nonfiction / Art / photography / plants
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Brenda Weeaks
Reviewer Notes:  

By Harold Feinstein

      Sydney Eddison is back, introducing Foliage, Feinstein’s follow-up to One Hundred Roses. In the introduction, “Looking Beyond the Obvious,” Eddison introduces Foliage as a collection ready to instill a childlike observation and pleasure into grownups. Alexandra Anderon-Spivy’s essay, “The Architecture of Nature Enhanced,” discusses Feinstein’s use of the computer in his images, his talent, and man’s love of nature. The rest of the book contains a combination of photographs and such things as poetry, plant names, and famous quotes. There is something informative or inspiring to go with each photograph. Each section is labeled to let the reader know what is in it (Grasses and Ferns, Edibles, The Essence of Green, The Beneficial Green Plant). Feinstein’s grasses look picturesque and proud; his vegetables lined and curved and his various greens sharp and eclectic. My favorites are the Hosta leaves (pg 90) and the poppy flower buds (pg 94).

      If you are wondering about the expense of the book, consider the artistic value of the photographs printed on strong, waterproof material. A book like this, which is meant to be treasured and shared, will become personally or professionally priceless. Expect visitors to continue glancing through it as long as it sits on your table.