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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition, edition (October 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811870987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811870986
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 12.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Turning his camera to the world of birds, Andrew Zuckerman has a created a new body of work showcasing more than 200 stunning photographs of nearly 75 different species. These winged creatures from exotic parrots to everyday sparrows, and endangered penguins to woody owls are captured with Zuckerman's painstaking perspective against a stark white background to reveal the vivid colors, textures, and personalities of each subject in extraordinary and exquisite detail. The ultimate art book for ornithologists and nature enthusiasts alike, Bird is a volume of sublime beauty.

Take a Closer Look: Selected Photographs from Bird
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Snowy Owl Blue-and-Yellow Macaw Victoria Crowned Pigeon Vulturine Guineafowl

Cardinal Lory Golden Eagles

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Starred Review. Animal lovers will be just as entranced by the newest from photographer Zuckerman as they were by 2007's Creature. Once again, Zuckerman works with the cooperation of zoos, wildlife preserves and aviaries to photograph his living subjects in bright white light against a flat white background, a setting that nature purists might find off-putting at first, but which reveals each animal as a self-contained, emotionally responsive being-the photo of a Great Horned Owl is less a documentary nature photo than a portrait of an individual who just happens to belong to another species. Thus, observers see and identify with the curiosity of a red-and-green Macaw, the haughty pride of a Snowy Owl, and the coy flirtation of a Palm Cockatoo. The quality of the images is astounding, bringing out color variation, feather patterning, facial markings, leg scales, and winged flight in detail that's simply unprecedented; the complexity of color and structure should inspire textile designers and architects for years. In the epilogue, Zuckerman's creative partner Alex Vlack describes Zuckerman's photography and editing techniques (Zuckerman's ideal shutter speed is 1/8000th of a second, impossibly short without digital photography). Zuckerman makes brilliant use of new technology to showcase nature, giving us access to astounding surface detail as well as revelatory emotional depth.

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Andrew Zuckerman (American, b.1977)

Noted filmmaker and photographer, Andrew Zuckerman, utilizes a multitude of platforms to produce work that is systematically executed, conceptually based, and democratically presented. Minimalist in nature, Zuckerman aims to create atmospheres of clarity and neutrality to facilitate the viewer's access to the material. His commitment to diversifying the points of entry into his work has garnered a global audience.

Zuckerman first made his mark on the publishing world with the 2007 release of CREATURE, a compendium of intimate animal portraits set against his signature white background. He has since explored this distinctive approach - which divorces subjects from their context and equalizes the larger conversation between them - in four additional critically acclaimed multi-media projects: WISDOM (2008), BIRD (2009), MUSIC (2010), and FLOWER (2012). Renowned designer, Massimo Vignelli, has lauded Zuckerman's "uncompromising notion of space in which any object becomes its own essence." His books have been translated into numerous languages and published in 18 international editions.

Exhibitions of Zuckerman's work include a solo show of photographs from CREATURE at the Forma International Center of Photography in Milan and the ongoing WISDOM traveling exhibition, featuring portraits and interviews with extraordinary individuals over the age of 65, including Nelson Mandela, Andrew Wyeth, and Chuck Close. It premiered at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In July 2008, Zuckerman's portrait of Nelson Mandela appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Zuckerman's companion film to BIRD has been exhibited on The High Line in New York City in 2009, and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in 2010. Photographs from BIRD were on display at Colette in Paris. His short film, "High Falls," premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and was selected as Best Short Film at the Woodstock Film Festival the same year. Writer David Carr called the project "a pretty film and a pretty smart film" in his New York Times review. In 2010, Zuckerman interviewed and photographed over fifty eminent musicians, composers, and producers (from Ornette Coleman to Iggy Pop) for the MUSIC project, which was realized as a book, film, and iPad app. His most recent multimedia project, FLOWER, includes images of over 250 varieties of flora with an accompanying taxonomical index and time lapse films of the life cycles of seven species, which were created from thousands of high definition stills. Filmmaker David Lynch has called FLOWER "a grand celebration of mother nature's artistry." CREATURE, BIRD, and FLOWER are informed by a conservationist approach.

Zuckerman's work has been commissioned by influential international brands and for inclusion in major private collections.

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This book is probably a culmination of the very best photography in the world, when it comes to birds.
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It's a great book for to have on a coffee table.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By W. Noble on November 3, 2009
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I don't have the book in my hands yet (my daughter just sent me a link to Zuckerman's astonishing website - go see both the photographs and his film). I'm a lifelong ornithologist and bibliophile, and I've never seen anything like this man's work. Were they, indeed, photos or were they a whole new kind of superrealistic, microscopically detailed paintings? I couldn't tell. The sense of astonishment with this work is not just the vividness of the white backgrounds that isolate the subjects; it's equally, again and again, the startling perspectives on the bird's body and plumage. With each picture, you see birds as you have never seen them before.

It's not easy to do genuinely original work is a field already so saturated. This man has done it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ashton on December 2, 2009
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The quality of this book is absolutely astounding.
The photography is superb; incredible detail, color, interesting compositions. Even though the photographs are on a completely white background they have a crispness, and vibrance due to the careful lighting.
The page design is excellent, wonderful contrast of sizes, shapes, color and great use of the white space.
Oh, and the birds? Beautiful. A reminder of how amazing natural creatures are, how detailed the plumage, the delicacy of color, the silkiness of black feathered birds, and then the quirky details of theirs beaks, claws or other amazing details the photographer has picked out to show us.
A very impressive project, beautifully executed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Enchanted Tiki Room on June 22, 2010
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Hundreds of pages of beautiful "photos" of birds on white backgrounds. From the other comments I was expecting photographs with incredible detail. Instead they look like photos that were edited in Photoshop with the watercolor and pencil effects. As photographs they are somewhat flat, 2D, and suffer from artifice. However, if you like the drawings in the birding books you'll love Bird, because that's exactly what you get. You can see what the images look like on the Amazon page for the book, in the section labeled "Take a Closer Look: Selected Photographs from Bird." They are beautiful, they just aren't photographic in appearance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Munoz on February 8, 2010
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An absolutely amazing book of bird photography. A true art masterpiece of photography. It is a "must have" and "must see" experience. I have gone through this book multiple times and am still gasping. I have let everyone I know about this incredible book and those who have "experienced" it have the same reaction. WOW!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss April on August 4, 2013
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The imagery in this book is so amazing! I bought the book so that I could take some of the photos and frame them in a large grouping. I got the idea from Houzz.com. It is going to be fabulous! I received the book after only three days of ordering and can't wait to get the frames now to hang the pics up!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Forster on August 2, 2013
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It is not your usual bird book at all. The photographer is more an artist than naturalist from the old school. It gives the bird lover and thorough enjoyment of birds. The approach is so fantastic and exciting that you don't want to miss it. Andrew Zuckerman is a genius. Thank you Andrew Zuckerman!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenlobster on July 11, 2013
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My husband purchased this book for me for Christmas, and I wanted this calendar so I could possibly frame some of the pictures I'm so in love with. If you love birds, you need to check out Andrew Zuckerman's work!
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By Roger L. Conner on November 24, 2013
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Got this for my 12 year-old niece, who had announced an interest in nature. She loved it. The pictures go far beyond standard idenfication photos to be artistic, sometimes spectacular images.
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