W. A. Bentley
For portrait after portrait of the wonder of nature, of metamorphosis of form, and just sheer beauty, this 1931 collection of photographs of snowflakes just can’t be beat. Bentley’s genius was not just that he found a method to photograph some of nature’s most ephemeral and complex forms, but that he then went on to organize them by type of form. The result is a symphony of metamorphosis and relationship, ideal for introducing to students studying nature from 5th grade onward. Or to simply gaze at in wonder.