Marianne Majerus

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Marianne Majerus, born 1956 in Clervaux, Luxembourg, is one of Europe's leading specialist garden photographers. After secondary education in Luxembourg, she took a degree in English at the University of Essex and a degree in Economics at the University of East Anglia. Her first exhibition of landscape photographs was held in 1979 at the Minories Art Gallery in Colchester. Her second, "East Coast", was sponsored by Eastern Arts and toured in 1982. Her portraits of writers, notably those of Doris Lessing, Malcolm Bradbury and Tom Sharpe, are held in the National Portrait Gallery Collection.

Having illustrated a number of studies of historical culture, as well as food and travel books, Marianne Majerus specialised in the photography of plants and gardens. Her company, Marianne Majerus Garden Images, provides garden images to the media in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Marianne Majerus is currently a member of the Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Advisory Committee[1][2] and in 2013 joined The Garden Media Guild's panel of award judges.[3] During the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Marianne Majerus was photographed to represent her native Luxembourg in The World In London exhibition [4] in Victoria Park and on Oxford Street.

Works[edit]

Four portraits by Marianne Majerus are exhibited by the National Portrait Gallery (London): of Doris Lessing,[5] Hugo Williams,[6] Malcolm Bradbury[7] and Raffaella Barker.[8] Other works are held by the Arts Council of Great Britain[citation needed] and the Centre National de l'Audiovisuel in Luxembourg.[9] Other portraits include those of J.G. Ballard,[10] Andrew Motion,[11] Tony Harrison[12] and Baroness Ludford.

Her photographs appear regularly in Country Life, The Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, House & Garden, Homes and Gardens, The Evening Standard (London), The RHS Garden Journal, The English Garden, Gardens Illustrated, as well as many garden magazines in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, the United States, Australia and Japan.[citation needed]

Honours, Prizes and Awards[edit]

In 2015 Marianne Majerus won the Garden Media Guild Book Photographer of the Year Award for Garden Design: A Book of Ideas (Mitchell Beazley).

In 2014 Marianne Majerus won first place in the 'Greening the City' category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award 2014

In 2013 Marianne Majerus won the Garden Media Guild Features Photographer of the Year Award[13]

In 2012, during the London Cultural Olympiad, a photograph of Marianne Majerus was included in "The World in London" exhibition at Victoria Park and on Oxford Street.

In 2011 Marianne Majerus won the Garden Media Guild Photographer of the Year Award[14] and, earlier in the year, won first place in the 'Garden Views' category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award 2011.[15] Majerus also won the 'Luxembourg Book Prize' for her book Die geheimen Gärten Luxemburgs (The Secret Gardens of Luxembourg) in the 'Art and Images' category[16] The same title also made her a finalist in the 2011 Garden Media Guild 'Book Photographer of the Year' category.[17]

In 2010 Marianne Majerus was named 'International Garden Photographer of the Year' for her picture 'Layered landscape: a moment captured'.[18] The same image also won the 'People's Choice Award' as voted for by the public in the 'Garden Views' category.[19][20][21]

In 2009 Majerus was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild's 'Photography Portfolio of the Year Award' category[22]

In 2008 Marianne Majerus was awarded second place in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition in the "GPA Portfolio Category"[23] and was a finalist in the "Portfolio Category".[24]

She has won first prizes for Image of the Month from the Garden Photographer's Association (part of the Garden Media Guild) for September 2008,[25] December 2008,[26] June 2009,[27] July 2009,[28] August 2009,[29] October 2009,[30] August 2010[31] and October 2010.[32] Second prize in September 2009,[33] July 2010[34] and September 2010.[35] From January 2011 Marianne Majerus ceased to enter the Image of the Month competitions.

In 2002 she was voted "Photographer of the Year" by the Garden Media Guild (then the Garden Writers' Guild).[36]

In 2000 alongside George Carter(Garden Designer) she won the "Inspirational Book of the Year" award from the Garden Writers' Guild for the book The New London Garden[37]

Books as Principal Photographer[edit]

Publication Year Title
2015 Great Gardens of London (Frances Lincoln)
2015 Die geheimen Gärten von England (DVA)
2015 First Ladies of Gardening (Frances Lincoln)
2015 Garden Design: A Book of Ideas (Mitchell Beazley)
2015 Mein City-Garten: Planen, pflanzen, gestalten (Dorling Kindersley)
2014 The Urban Gardener (Mitchell Beazley)
2012 Die geheimen Gärten von Cornwall: Die schönsten Refugien an Englands Südküste (DVA)
2011 Die geheimen Gärten Luxemburgs (Binsfeld)
2007 Traumpaare (Callwey)
2007 Secret Gardens of Venice (Weidenfeld)
2006 Jardins Secrets de Venise (Flammarion)
2006 Projects for Small Gardens: 56 Projects With Step-by-step Instruction
2006 Neue Ideen für winzige Gärten
2005 Garden Spaces: Simple Solutions for Planning and Design
2005 101 Ideas Gardens
2004 Secret Gardens of London (Weidenfeld)
2004 Jardins Secrets de Londres (Flammarion)
2004 Shrubs for the Garden
2004 Herbs: Simple Projects for the Weekend Gardener
2004 Containers: Simple Projects for the Weekend Gardener
2004 A Passion for Roses (Mitchell Beazley)
2003 House Beautiful Container Gardens
2003 The German Ambassador's Residence in London (Revised Edition)
2003 Cool Containers
2001 The New Tech Garden
2001 Foliage
2001 Seeds: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Successfully from Seed
2000 The New London Garden (Weidenfeld)
2000 Living with Plants
1999 Gardening with Herbs
1997 Gardening with Containers
1996 Alsace Gastronomique (Conran Octopus)
1993 The German Ambassador's Residence in London (German Embassy)
1992 English Manor Houses (Weidenfeld; Rizzoli)
1992 Garden Effects (Weidenfeld)
1991 The Garden Wall (Johnson Editions)
1990 Provence: 12 Travels with a Gastronome (George Philip)
1988 The Rose Gardens of England (Collins)
1988 The French Revolution (Simon & Schuster)
1987 Chronicles of the Age of Chivalry (Viking Penguin)
1986 The Plantagenet Chronicles (Weidenfeld)
1985 The Domesday Book: England's Heritage Then and Now (Hutchison; Viking)

Books as Featured Photographer[edit]

Publication Year Title
2014 Highgrove: A Garden Celebrated [38]
2011 Landhaus-Gärten – Paradiese ohne Grenzen [39]
2011 International Garden Photographer of the Year: Collection 4[40]
2010 International Garden Photographer of the Year: Collection 3
2010 Kleine Gärten – Das große Ideenbuch[41]
2010 Neues Design für kleine Gärten
2008 International Garden Photographer of the Year: Collection 1
2008 Gestaltung mit Rosen: Das große Ideenbuch
2006 Projets pour petits jardins : 56 Projets à réaliser pas à pas
2005 101 Conseils Jardin

Exhibitions[edit]

Date Exhibition Name Location 1 Location 2 Description
2011 International Garden Photographer of the Year 2011[42] Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Various location within the United Kingdom. Marianne Majerus's work features as the winning picture in the 'Garden Views Category' of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award 2011.
2010 International Garden Photographer of the Year 2010[42] Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Various location within the United Kingdom. As the winner of the International Garden Photographer of the Year Award, as well as the People's Choice Award, Majerus's winning photograph is the centrepiece of the exhibition.
2008 International Garden Photographer of the Year 2008[42] Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Various location within the United Kingdom. After gaining two citations in the 'Portfolio' categories from the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition Majerus's photographs appeared in the year's exhibition.
2005 Private Places[43] Geffrye Museum, Shoreditch, London, United Kingdom. N/A Majerus's photographs appeared alongside other high-profile photographers as part of The Garden Photographers’ Association exhibition of new work exploring the relationship between people and the personal havens they make in our cities and towns.
2002 Professional Gardeners[44] Museum of Garden History, Lambeth, London, United Kingdom. N/A This portrait collection of contemporary women gardeners appeared as part of an artistic season entitled How Does Her Garden Grow?, which followed the history of women professional gardeners since the first women’s horticultural training colleges opened at the end of the 19th century.
1995 Visage Extérieur / The Face Outside[45] la Galerie d'art d'Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg. The Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell, London, United Kingdom. A selection of portraits of famous Luxembourgers living throughout the world commissioned by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture during Luxembourg's year as European Capital of Culture.

Literature[edit]

  • Raymond Reuter: 100 Lëtzebuerger ronderëm d'Welt (100 Luxembourgers Around the World), Page. 124: Marianne Majerus, 2003, Éditions Luxnews, ISBN 2-9599932-2-5

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Photographic Advisory Committee Page Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Rhs.org.uk. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-12-01.  Photographic Advisory Committee Members
  3. ^ [1] Garden Media Guild Awards 2013 Judges
  4. ^ The World In London Exhibition
  5. ^ Portrait of Doris Lessing. Npg.org.uk. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ Portrait of Hugo Williams. Npg.org.uk. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ Portrait of Malcolm Bradbury. Npg.org.uk. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  8. ^ National Portrait Gallery profile for Marianne Majerus.
  9. ^ Centre National de l'Audiovisuel List of Photographers in their Collection Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Cna.public.lu (2008-06-19). Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  10. ^ ESSE Journal page featuring Marianne Majerus's photograph of J.G. Ballard Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Essenglish.org (1998-09-27). Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  11. ^ ESSE Journal page featuring Marianne Majerus's photograph of Andrew Motion Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Essenglish.org (1998-09-27). Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  12. ^ ESSE Journal page featuring Marianne Majerus's photograph of Tony Harrison Archived 25 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Essenglish.org (1998-09-27). Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  13. ^ Garden Media Guild Features Photographer of the Year Award 2013
  14. ^ Garden Media Guild Photographer of the Year Award 2011 Archived 25 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. for her second time. Gardenmediaguild.co.uk (2011-11-30). Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  15. ^ Garden Views Category 2011. Igpoty.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  16. ^ Article on the Luxembourg Book Prize Winners 2011 in Luxemburger Wort[permanent dead link].
  17. ^ Garden Media Guild Book Photographer of the Year Award 2011 Archived 25 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gardenmediaguild.co.uk (2011-11-30). Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  18. ^ International Garden Photographer of the Year 3. Igpoty.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  19. ^ People's Choice Award page. Igpoty.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  20. ^ Article, The Daily Telegraph.
  21. ^ Article, The Guardian.
  22. ^ Photography Portfolio of the Year Award 2009 Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gardenmediaguild.co.uk. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  23. ^ International Garden Photographer of the Year 2008 – GPA Portfolio Winners Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Igpoty.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  24. ^ International Garden Photographer of the Year 2008 – Portfolio Winners Archived 5 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Igpoty.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  25. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for September 2008 Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  26. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for December 2008 Archived 27 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  27. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for June 2009 Archived 27 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  28. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for July 2009 Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  29. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for August 2009 Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  30. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for October 2009 Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  31. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for August 2010 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  32. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for October 2010 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  33. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for September 2009 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  34. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for July 2010 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  35. ^ Garden Photographer's Association "Image of the Month" prize page for September 2010 Archived 26 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Gpauk.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  36. ^ Garden Writers' Guild Award Page 2002 Archived 5 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  37. ^ Garden Writers' Guild Award Page 2000 Archived 8 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ [2]
  39. ^ Landhaus-Gärten – Paradiese ohne Grenzen Book. Amazon.de. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  40. ^ International Garden Photographer of the Year: Collection 4 Book. Igpoty.com. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  41. ^ Kleine Gärten – Das große Ideenbuch. Amazon.de. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  42. ^ a b c International Garden Photographer of the Year 2011 Exhibition page. Kew.org. Retrieved on 1 January 2012. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "igpoty1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  43. ^ Geffrye Museum Press Release. (PDF) . Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  44. ^ Times Article. Property.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.
  45. ^ Exhibition Listing for Visage Extérieur / The Face Outside. Cafecreme-art.lu. Retrieved on 1 January 2012.

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