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"On a day when the world's attention is focused on whether computers are working, Daybreak 2000 photographers will focus on the timeless wonder of nature -- deserts, forests, mountains, oceans, plants and wildlife, said project creator and editor Roger Tefft. "It is our hope that images like those made during the first day of 2000 can be made again during the first day of 3000 and beyond."
The team of participating photographers will be scattered at worldwide sites including wildlife refuges and national parks in over 27 countries from Argentina and China to England, the United States and Zimbabwe. Some of the photographers participating in the project include master landscape photographer David Muench (Santa Barbara, CA), who will be photographing in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains; wildlife photographer Heather Angel (United Kingdom); adventure-nature photographer Galen Rowell (Emeryville, CA), who will record one of the first images of the new year from the Fiji Islands, and Jim Brandenburg (Ely, MN) who will capture the dawn from Minnesota's acclaimed Boundary Waters Canoe Area. A complete list of photographers and locations is attached.
"Part of the mystery of Daybreak 2000 is that no one knows for certain what the photographers will find," said Tefft. "We will succeed if the images from this project inspire our descendents to nurture Earth's precious places for the benefit of future generations."
In addition to the captivating images, each photographer will provide a thoughtful caption about the photo, the location and his or her impressions, reflections and emotions at that moment. From those photos and captions a 144-page book will be designed and printed as a hardcover coffee-table book.
"Most photography books take at least 8-12 months to produce -- from the photography phase to designing and printing the book," said Don Oster, executive editor at Creative Publishing international. "This book will be photographed, designed, printed and available for purchase in bookstores everywhere in less than six weeks - making it one of the first new books of the 21st century."
Subjects with a millennium tie-in include thousand-year old trees, such as the towering redwoods of northern California, to be photographed by veteran landscape photographer Larry Ulrich, and Africa's ancient baobab trees-some of which have stood for over 3,000 years - an assignment chosen by 72-year old photographer Darrel Plowes of Zimbabwe.
In order to ensure the success of the project, Tefft has engaged the support of three corporate sponsors. Fuji Film has provided all the film for the project, Fed Ex will coordinate the rapid delivery of film from over 100 worldwide locations, and A&I Color will develop and prepare the film for publishing.
Since the Twenty-First Century did not really begin until a year later, the purpose of this book seems kind of erroneous. Read morePublished on July 23, 2004 by A photographer
Although the photos are excellent in Daybreak 2000,there is a static quality to the book, as there is with most landscape photography. Read morePublished on April 9, 2001 by David Lubin
An unique effort to do something like this. Many of the photos are not that great after all but the point is: they were taken at the dawn of a new age. Read morePublished on December 5, 2000 by Darren Chong
I chanced upon this book at a museum bookstore and have finished reading it as soon as I got it. I am really impressed by the idea behind this book and the editor's philosophy... Read morePublished on June 11, 2000 by Poonam Murgai