Ornithoptera croesus

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Nomenclatio transitorius Edw.  (Temporary Names) 2007

This piece of work including photographs of the Manchester Museum's Natural History collection. The exhibition featured a second work by Fred Langford Edwards, the dramatic photographic work titled Systema Naturae after Linnaeus. Images include both familiar and unusual objects, all beautifully photographed and capturing minute detail. Combined with these images are text-based elements that present information from different and non-complementary naming systems, ranging from local dialect names to the four letters of the genetic code, all presented in a uniform way and with equal importance. Together, these pairs of images encapsulate the two core traditions of museum natural history as an observational and text-based discipline.

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