2017 Bronze medal, IGPOTY / Exhibition at Royal Botanic Garden at Kew’s annual International Photography Competition 2017, portfolio category. The exhibition will travel from London (Kew); Amsterdam (de Hortus Botanicus); Rettendon, UK (RHS Garden Hyde Hall); South Tyrol, Italy (The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle); Gibraltar (Gibraltar Botanic Gardens); Norfolk, U.K. (National Trust Sheringham Park), among other locations. Six photographs from the Dispersal series were included.
2017 Silver Gilt, RHS Chelsea Flower Show / Exhibition juried by the Royal Horticultural Society at Chelsea Flower Show’s Photography Portfolio Competition. The Dispersal series was allocated a wall display in the center of the primary tent; ten images were included.
“The Robert Mapplethorpe of seed pods.” — Gwen Stauffer, Executive Director, Lotusland
Evolve/Involve. Group show, October 4-present. The Exhibitionist Hotel, London.
The Fall. Group show, May 2-28, 2017. Fitzrovia Gallery, London.
Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Group show, May 23-27, 2017. London. Juried portfolio exhibition of six images. Silver Gilt medal.
Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, London. Group show, February 3-March 13, 2017. International Garden Photographer of the Year. Bronze medal, portfolio category. Exhibition will travel internationally.
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Solo show of 64 works, January 17-30, 2017. All specimens collected on site.
Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Solo show of 33 works, October 26, 2013-January 28, 2014. All specimens collected on site.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Permanent exhibition, 2012. Photographs for interpretation panels in exhibition about urban biodiversity in Los Angeles. The museum commissioned the collection and photography of fruits and seeds throughout the city, now consumed by non-native parrots.
“In her show ‘Dispersal’, Laurent reminds us that plants do move. Her photographs illustrate with exquisite beauty & botanical panache that these seemingly sessile organisms disperse in fantastic ways. This can only be accomplished [by] the scholar-artist, and Laurent is clearly both.” — Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
“Laurent’s images testify to the many ingenious ways that life propagates itself.”— Kevin Hartnett, The Boston Globe, “The Seed Pod Army”, December 2013
“Anna Laurent has done a series of photographs of seedpods that are aesthetically magnificent and also present superb detail.” — Anna Ursyn, Handbook of Research on Maximizing Cognitive Learning through Knowledge Visualization, 2015.
Alumna profile in Harvard magazine, “The Sorcery of Seed Pods”, January 2014
Lectures & Talks:
The Exhibitionist Hotel, London. Nature & Art; Panel discussion, 22 January, 2019
Fitzrovia Gallery, London, 22 May, 2018. The Botanical Wall Chart slideshow.
University of California Berkeley School of Environmental Design (invited by Ronald Rael, Associate Professor of Architecture), 23 January, 2017. Dispersal slideshow.
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif., 18 & 25 January, 2017. The Botanical Wall Chart, Dispersal slideshow.
Royal Horticultural Society Wisley, UK. 19 November, 2016. The Botanical Wall Chart slideshow.
Stories & Books Café, Los Angeles, Calif. 7 November, 2016. The Botanical Wall Chart slideshow.
Westchester Garden Club, Westchester, Connecticut, 12 October, 2016. Dispersal slideshow.
Hartford Garden Club, West Granby, Connecticut, 7 October, 2016. Dispersal slideshow.
Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA. 28 October, 2013. Dispersal slideshow.