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Survivors : a new vision of endangered wildlife
Balog, James.
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 1990.
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144 pages ; 31 cm
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Photographs of animals in captivity make use of unconventional poses and backgrounds to highlight the plight of endangered species.

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Booklist Review

Animals are art. That's the core message of this exquisite book of photographs of endangered species. Award-winning photographer James Balog shot the animals not in their natural habitat but in the studio, with all the lighting, props, and artifice that entails. The results are striking: the animals' shapes, coloring, and proportion dominate the photo~graphs, resulting in the iconograph of their images becoming as meaningful as their status in the natural order. This in turn adds a new dimension to our understanding of the importance of these endangered species: their meaning is as intangible and as beautiful as art. This wonderful approach goes a long way toward showing the world how intrinsically valuable endangered wildlife is. The accompanying text gives some information about the animals (but it's the photos that really say it all). ~--Mary Ellen Sullivan

Publisher's Weekly Review

According to photographer Balog, the future for the survivors of some 900 currently endangered species will be captivity, ``the twilight zone of zoos.'' His striking, artfully manipulated portraits call attention to that sad possibility by posing animals far from their native habitats and contexts, and by using the techniques and slick concepts of commercial photography. Each subject receives ``star'' treatment: an Asian elephant assumes a cheesecake position poolside; a mandrill sitting on a stool looks like an invention of Vogue . Accompanying each shot is information on the animal. The very artificiality of Balog's backdrops--white screens, painted walls, complex theatrical sets--eloquently emphasizes what the elegant creatures may soon lose: their natures. The spectacle of this is jarring; yet one can't help but giggle at the sight of a sea turtle belly-up on a cushion or the fearlessly close-up view of a rhino's rear. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This book represents award-winning photographer Balog's nontraditional look at wildlife and the impact humanity has had on other species. In an attempt to contrast our illusions of animals' living an idyllic existence ``surrounded by glorious vistas, exquisite plant life, and technicolor sunsets'' with their real future in zoos and circuses, he portrays 60 endangered species in surreal and unnatural environments. While patrons with an appreciation for photography as an art might enjoy these portraits, others may get bored with pictures of animals draped in white sheets. The brief text accompanying each photo provides little information of value. Although not recommended for public libraries or general readers, this volume may interest specialized libraries with an in-depth collection of photography books.-- Edell Marie Peters, Brookfield P.L., Wis. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.