Water Lilies, ca. 1906

Baron Adolf de Meyer :: Water Lilies, ca. 1906. Platinum print, printed 1912.
«The critic Charles H. Caffin described this photograph by de Meyer as “a veritable dream of loveliness.” It is one of several floral still lifes de Meyer made in London around 1906–9, when he was in close contact with Alvin Langdon Coburn, a fellow photographer and member of the Linked Ring. Both men were inspired by the Belgian writer Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1906 book The Intelligence of Flowers, a mystical musing on the vitality of plant life. De Meyer exhibited several of his flower studies, including this platinum print, at Stieglitz’s influential Photo-Secession galleries in New York in 1909. The image also appeared as a photogravure in an issue of Stieglitz’s art and photography journal Camera Work.» [Camera Work, issue nº 24, 1908]
src The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection

Rose blanche et vase, 1951-1952

Josef Sudek :: Rose blanche et vase (White rose in vase), 1951-1952. Vintage gelatin silver print on matte paper.
Signed, dated 1952 and dedicated in ink below image. This rich autographed print, one of Sudek’s recurring motifs, was a wedding gift to a friend and his wife. A variant is conserved in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. | src Binoche et Giquello via l’œil de la photographie