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April 20 2014

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Nick Knight In Bloom

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For his latest exhibition, opening at SHOWstudio’s London gallery October 11 during the Frieze Art Fair, Nick Knight holed up in a herbarium and spent over three years studying flower specimens. Not your usual fashion photography project by the lensman known for his collaborations with designers like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, that’s for sure. “Going through the 6.5 million specimens in the Natural History Museum was not only intense because it took my wife and I three and a half years, but it was also an extraordinary project because the act of capturing each of our most favorite discoveries was rigorous,” he tells Style.com of the project, entitled Flora. “In the end [we] edited it down to just 40 individual images.” (Originally, the shots were part of his now out-of-print book by the same name—he’s picked out 15 images from the acclaimed publication to be displayed for the first time at SHOWstudio’s headquarters in London’s Mayfair.) “Because we (understandably) weren’t allowed to remove any of the flora from the museum, we ended up converting an area the size of a broom cupboard in the 131-year-old building into a studio space,” he adds. In conjunction with the exhibition, Paddle8.com launches its online sale of the newly released portfolio of 15 archival prints today, along with a series of Instagram shots Knight did for Paddle8 documenting the creative process behind the flower series. Here, a look at a few of the prints, which showcase the diversity in botany, included in the sale.

Photos: Nick Knight

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