Nick Knight and Sandra Knapp

This stunning book contains fifty beautiful photographs of plant specimens held at the Museum, taken by award-winning photographer Nick Knight.

978 3 888 14238 3
January 1997
364 x 234 mm
80 pp
Schirmer/Mosel in association with the Natural History Museum


When the British Photographer Nick Knight, known for his portrait and advertising photography, discovered the collection of pressed flowers in the Natural History Museum, he was so thrilled that he dedicated himself totally to this subject.

In this book he collects fifty of his most beautiful photographs of plant specimens. The pictures emanate a breathtaking beauty and elegance previously unseen in the history of botanical photography.

Flora is available to order from our co-publisher Schirmer/Mosel. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.


Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers. He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent. Nick was awarded the prestigious Moet Chandon Fashion Tribute for 2006.

He has produced a number of books and has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently The Tate Modern. He also produced the permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum.

Sandra Knapp is an internationally respected botanist and an expert in the taxonomy and phylogeny of the nightshade family. She is currently a Researcher in the Department of Botany at the Natural History Museum, and is actively involved in improving the public understanding of science. Sandra is the author of several books on botany and its history, including the The Gilded Canopy and the award-winning Potted Histories.

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