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The Centre Cannot Hold Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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'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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This wonderful book is Art for your coffee table, thank you David...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Centre Cannot Hold is a beautiful and beautifully printed book of photos that show you beauty of the wildlife - while holding you in place of the real environment. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought the pictures were great. Obviously took great time, care and thought to obtain the photos. Some shots are amazing. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Daphne Schalau
This is the best photography I have seen of the animals in Africa. I particularly like that it is in black and white.Published on February 19, 2013 by KATHRYN L SHOEMAKER
Great photos, they remind us of out last Africa trip.
The black and white photos let you use your imagination.