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David Gulden's 2006 photograph of a mother leopard taking a 'late-morning nap' in Kenya's Itong Hills is a revelation. She couldn't be more relaxed. She couldn't be more like your house cat settled on your favorite blanket on the couch. Mr. Gulden is an obsessive, willing to work for years to capture a shot of an animal in its habitat, unconcerned by human encroachment... For a shot of a crowned eagle and its young, the photographer tried dozens of mounds... The final shot of the mother, flying in with green leaves in her talons as her chick looks on, is an astonishing split-second drama. (The Wall Street Journal)

'Gulden's black and white still portraits... are breathtaking... The Centre Cannot Hold is a superb photographic document of a disappearing world.' (Le Journal de la Photographie)

'The product of Gulden's efforts is a beautiful collection of true wildlife photography that provides the reader with a unique perspective of nature—one that is not preoccupied with manicured landscapes, generic compositions, or predictable framing. It's a must-have title for both animal and photography enthusiasts alike.' (Andrew Lasane Complex Art+ Design, October 18, 2012)

Yeats’ poem suggests that the old methods of categorization no longer apply. Gulden captures an animal’s startling individuality by intricate scars on its face, their deaths, and their wriggling tendons and feathers. In an age where technology has made photography more accessible than ever, Gulden preserves the technique that no cutting edge camera in itself can produce: patience. Out of a deep respect for the individual organism, The Center Cannot Hold recognizes that if an individual animal is to be portrayed compassionately, the artist must be willing to wait. (Conor Higgins PMc Magazine, Spring 2015)

Storytelling moments are wonderful because they will draw your audience into the image with you. In this moment, the lion and lioness have their heads together and there is a tenderness in their position. As humans we can put our own feelings into the moment and build a story around our personal interpretation. The magic of these moments cannot be underestimated as a device for grabbing the attention of the viewers. (Noella Ballenger)

About the Author

David Gulden is a native New Yorker who has spent at least half of every year for the past twenty in Africa, primarily in Kenya, where he has fastidiously photographed virtually every form of wildlife across the country from the Masai Mara to Lake Turkana. He has been educated in the United States and is a graduate of The Pomfret School in Connecticut, the National Outdoor Leadership School in Kenya, and Roanoke College in Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Glitterati; First edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983270287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983270287
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By JK VINE VOICE on December 30, 2012
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Mr. Gulden definitely has some kind of patience and perseverance; his photographs are mesmerizing, beautiful, artistic and a view into the wild as you have likely not seen it before. This is a book for all ages. I gave this to my son for Christmas and it was the one gift that everyone wanted to sit down and look at. Mr. Gulden has captured the beauty, solitude, and delicate balance of life of the wild animals in Africa as no one has for some time.

Mr. Gulden, an environmentalist as well as a photographer, has spent nearly half a year for the last 20 in Africa patiently photographing the rapidly changing landscape and habit of Africa. His book is also designed to inspire in all of us the desire to preserve and protect this vanishing natural resources and work towards positive global change. And if you're wondering about the title, it's from Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" which is about this very thing.
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"The Centre Cannot Hold" is not a coffee-table book. It's an epic poem. It's a symphony. It's that rare whole that is so far greater than the sum of its parts, it proves a bunch of marks on paper can speak directly to the best, deepest part of us as human beings. The book's message could not be more important, and Gulden's vision could not be more authentic. Nor could his photographs, expressed in superbly rendered black-and-white, be more intimate or more beautiful. Factor in stunning reproduction and a lovingly-conceived, beautifully-paced book design, and you've got something really, really special. Buy it now.
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Amazing photographs that you have to see to believe.
This wonderful book is Art for your coffee table, thank you David...
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Thank you for creating this David! After looking through this book many times, I'm inspired to say what an epic journey in photography. He has created imagery that links raw nature and human imagination in a memorable dance. His pictures tell the story of our worlds most exotic creatures, now fighting for their space and survival on this planet. When I experience his work, it brings me joy seeing animals immersed in their landscapes in a myriad of perspectives. From intimate portrayals of textures to majestic aerial views, David, as one of the herd, captures relentlessly their dynamic range of life through mist, dust, sun, and rain. As the craft of photography has become common place and ubiquitous, few have elevated the art form into something rare and everlasting. Every time I open it up I find something new that inspires me!

Bravo!

Fernando Apodaca
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By Dylan on October 26, 2012
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David did an incredible job on this book. The photographs are unreal. Perfect book to have on your coffee table. It is truly amazing how he captures such candid shots of these animals.
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