The Theater of Insects.
Photographs by Jo Whaley. Essays by Linda Wiener and Deborah Klochko
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2008. 128 pp., 64 color illustrations., 7½x9".
Signed copies available!
Photographer Jo Whaley constructs mesmerizing scenes
with vibrantly colored bugs (butterflies, dragonflies, beetles,
and more) that echo the tradition of natural history dioramas,
but are artfully placed against weathered, manmade backgrounds.
The result is a compelling marriage of natural and
artificial, art and science. The Theater of Insects will publish
to coincide with an exhibition at the National Academy of
Sciences and travel to the Museum of Photographic Arts
and beyond throughout 2008 and 2009. This volume not
only presents a beautiful miniature world, but is also an
eminently covetable object in its own right.
Jo Whaley is represented by photo-eye Gallery. See her work here.