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The living wild
Wolfe, Art.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Wildlands Press : Distributed in the U.S. by Publishers Group West, 2000.
Physical Description:
255 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color maps ; 29 x 38 cm
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QL45.2 .W66 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Folio

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Art Wolfe has been photographing nature and wildlife to wide acclaim for 25 years, but his most recent book takes a new approach. Recognizing the crucial interdependence between animal life and the environment, Wolfe focuses on this relationship. As he says, "An animal . . . within its habitat is a vibrant representation of natural selection." The Living Wild offers breathtaking evidence of this. Wolfe traveled three years to capture these rare, soaring images, from Mongolia to Australia toIceland and beyond. The result is a rich pictorial tour of a magnificent array of animals, from "charismatic" beasts like the giant panda and the lowland gorilla, to a stunning display of birds, to such unsung contributors to the ecology as insects. Complementing the images are essays by renowned conservationists, such as Jane Goodall, who document the increasingly tenuous state of earth's biodiversity and suggest ways to strengthen it.

Author Notes

Art Wolfe was born on September 13, 1951 in Seattle, Washington. He received a bachelor's degree in fine arts and arts education from the University of Washington in 1975. His first book, Indian Baskets of the Northwest Coast, was published in 1978. He has been a photographer for the numerous magazines including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, GEO, and Terre Sauvage. His photographs have appeared in several exhibitions.

He has published over 80 books including The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven and Earth, Tribes, Rainforests of the World, Pacific Northwest, Land of Light and Water, Light on the Land, Migrations, The Living Wild, Africa, Human Canvas, and Edge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky. His children's titles include O Is for Orca and Animal Action Alphabet. He has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year Award from the North American Nature Photography Association, the first ever Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society, and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography in Nature and Environment.

In 2000, he founded the publishing company Wildlands Press. He has also worked on several television shows including On Location with Art Wolfe, Techniques of the Masters, American Photo Safari, and Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This is a stunning work. Wolfe, one of the world's preeminent wildlife photographers, has chosen a new approach in his forty-second book. Recognizing that we cannot save animals without saving the places they live, Wolfe has illustrated this concept by using wideangle lenses for the majority of the images to portray animals in their habitats. The pictures then become both portraits and landscapes in the same instance, drawing the viewer in with the immediacy of an individual creature and the grandeur of its habitat. This approach is best illustrated by the image on the book's cover, where an elephant seal gazes directly into one's eyes, surrounded by the rocky emptiness of South Georgia Island in the Antarctic. Complementing Wolfe's photographs are essays by William Conway, Richard Dawkins, Jane Goodall, John Sawhill, and George Schaller. This is a beautiful production, essays and photographs perfect counterparts, and highly recommended for all libraries with good collections in photography and natural history. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Wolfe's artistic photographs, essays by renowned conservationists/scientists Jane Goodall, Richard Dawkins, John Sawhill, George B. Shaller, and William Conway, and a folio format here combine into an urgent plea for wildlife conservation. Why is this one different from others of this genus? Wolfe has depicted each animal and its habitat by using a wide-angle lens and other photographic techniques. The message is that species cannot be saved if their habitat is lost. The seven chapters focus on different habitats (e.g., islands and oceans, mountains). Concluding each chapter, the pictures reappear in thumbnail, accompanied by brief, interesting text, a map, and Wolfe's comments describing how he took the picture or remarkable events of that shoot. Including a brief list of wildlife organizations and further readings, this is certainly not the only book of stunning wildlife photos making a plea for awareness, but it is well done, informative, and impressive. If there are no others of this ilk in your large public library or life sciences/environmental collection, you should acquire this one. If you already have others and have the funds, consider adding this, too.DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.