The Art of the Snowflake: A Photographic Gallery

The Art of the Snowflake: A Photographic Gallery

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By (author) Kenneth Libbrecht

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  • Publisher: Motorbooks International
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 269mm x 307mm x 20mm | 1,474g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
  • ISBN 10: 0760329974
  • ISBN 13: 9780760329979
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Illustrations note: 240 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 337,625

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The perfect geometry and exquisite beauty of nature is nowhere so clear to us as in the snowflake. But how have we been able to appreciate this infinitesimal wonder in all its crystalline glory? This book, as much a work of art as a testament to science, reveals how one of the snowflake’s most inspired photographers came to such intimate knowledge of his craft and its fleeting focus. Beautiful pictures illustrate Kenneth Libbrecht’s story of the microphotography of snow crystals, from the pioneering work of Wilson Bentley in the 1890s right up to Ken’s own innovations in our age of digital images. A breathtaking look at the works of art that melt in an instant, this is a book to page through and savor, season after season.

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Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht was raised in North Dakota and educated at Caltech and Princeton, receiving his PhD in physics in 1984. He subsequently joined the faculty at Caltech, where he is a professor of physics and head of the physics department. He has published numerous articles on a range of scientific topics, as well as a number of books for popular audiences on the formation of snow crystals. The latest news on snow-crystal research can be found on his website at www.snowcrystals.net.

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By mat archer 09 Apr 2010 5

like the poet William Blake - who saw the world in a grain of sand - the photographer Kenneth Libbrecht has devoted years to exploring an equallt tiny world: the spectacular crstalline ice sculptures that are snowflakes. Althoguh snow still covers vast areas of the Earth's surface, and individual flakes are beyond counting, each and every one is a unique structure, a miniature marvel taht might survive for weeks or moths - or exsist for only an instant. In his book The Art of The Snowflake, Dr Libbrecht explains that much of his work is done in his lab in california, but as his interest in this area has developed, he has spent increasing amounts of time in colder parts of canda and the United States, taking with him a prtable photo-microscope. 'Once a crystal is under the microscope, i have anywhere form a few minutes, on colder days, to a few seconds to adjust the lighting, focus and take the shot,' Dr Libbrecht says.'Everything must be done outside and only my camera has the luxuxry of a heater to keep it warm. it's an unusuall pursuit, but I enjoy it immensly. Nature provides so much to see and ponder, even in the cold winds of winter'. --Saga MagazineMarvel at the mesmerising microphotography of snowflakes, and other words beginning with m...Gets you up close and glacial with some of nature's prittiest mini-individualists before they melt away forever. --Snow MagazinePrepare to be amazed. This book provides a rare glimpse into the brilliance and awe of a snow crystal...stunning! --Dallas Morning newsMarvel at the mesmerising microphotography of snowflakes, and other words beginning with m...Gets you up close and glacial with some of nature's prittiest mini-individualists before they melt away forever. --Snow MagazinePrepare to be amazed. This book provides a rare glimpse into the brilliance and awe of a snow crystal...stunning! --Dallas Morning news

There is something magical about snow and snowflakes that captures and enchants us, be it a light flurry or a landscape full of deep drifts. These exquisite temporary works of art are tiny crystalline masterpieces, each as different from the next as one person is from another. But all too soon they melt and vanish. This book captures the perfect geometry and exquisite beauty of nature with 240 different photographs of these individual marvels. As much a work of art as a testament of science, Kenneth Libbrecht s book reveals how one of snowflake s most inspired photographers came to such intimate knowledge of his craft and its fleeting focus. Beautiful pictures illustrate his story of the microphotography of snow crystals, from the pioneering work of Wilson Bentley in the 1890s up to the present digital age. These delicate, breathtaking images are brought together in a stylish art book that is also a science guide, a photography manual and a valuable resource for nature-lovers --New Classics, january, 2010

Prepare to be amazed. This book provides a rare glimpse into the brilliance and awe of a snow crystal...stunning! --Dallas Morning news

This book will take your breath away. The photographs are clear and the translucent colour effects are lovely. I'm using it as research and inspiration for a textile project.

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Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 25, 2007"Libbrecht, a name synonymous with snow crystal photography, again shows his mastery in this gorgeous book, proving many times over the old grade-school dictum that 'no two snowflakes are ever alike.' They're certainly not, and here's the beautiful proof."Bookwormsez syndicated column, December 2007"The gorgeous book is the latest in the 'Snowflake' series of books that show the beauty of those microscopic little flakes of ice and the inadvertent art that nature gives each of them. This is a great book for anyone of any age."

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"I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design, and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost."--Wilson Bentley (1865-1931), pioneer snowflake researcher and photographer Snowflakes are indeed masterpieces of nature's art. In The Art of the Snowflake, " Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht has collected his newest and best photographic images of snowflakes. His unique method of photography captures real snow crystals in color and unprecedented detail, unveiling their incredible patterns like never before. His images save the miraculous beauty of snowflakes for all to see. If you are inspired by Mother Nature's glorious creations, The Art of the Snowflake" takes you on a special journey into her winter's secret world of wonder.

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Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht's incredible snowflake microphotography captures real snowflakes in full color and incredible detail. His work has been hailed around the world by everyone from the National Geographic" to the New York Times." His images have appeared on U.S. Postal Service stamps and in museum collections.Now, his newest and best images are collected here, in The Art of the Snowflake," a photographic album that will amaze all.Snowflakes appear literally out of thin air. They are born high above us within grey winter clouds, where the simple act of freezing turns formless water vapor into spectacular crystalline ice sculptures. They grow and develop as they drift slowly to Earth, where Libbrecht intercepts their fall and uses microphotography to capture these fleeting works of natural art.As he states, "Photographing snowflakes is always enjoyable because there are so many different types, with no two exactly alike. Each new snowfall is another world to explore, and I still often find novel specimens. The snow may seem rather unvaried to the naked eye, but the microscope reveals an amazing menagerie of beautiful crystalline forms." "The man is a doctor of snowflakes." --Chicago Tribune" "Libbrecht knows snow...both the science and beauty. Libbrecht is deeply immersed in the magnificent, marvelous, mysterious world of snowflakes." --Salt Lake City Deseret News"