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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Expanded edition (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316005126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316005128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description:
We share about 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, our closest biological cousins. And never have the similarities between simians and humans been so amusingly and brilliantly captured as in Monkey Portratis. Jill Greenberg has spent 15 years photographing celebrities--from Clint Eastwood to Drew Barrymore--for leading publications, but has recently focused on actors of a different sort. She has been photographing monkeys and apes, many of whom have appeared on film or in television shows. Her intimate portraits of these animals convey a startling range of emotions and personalities, and evoke an almost eerie sense of recognition. Each of these 76 amazingly anthropomorphic photographs will remind you of someone you know. These monkeys in all their glory will cause you to laugh out loud and to wonder just how different we truly are.


Monkey Business


Dax


Pumpkin


Mala


Dax [Exclusive Outtake]


Dax [Exclusive Outtake]


--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jill Greenberg regularly shoots advertising and celebrity portrait photography for such clients as Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, HBO, Bacardi, Rolling Stone, Time and Newsweek. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and began her career in New York City. Jill now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Robert and their children.

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Customer Reviews

This will make a great coffee table book!
Janet Nord
I bought it as a gift for my father-in-law, and he loved it!
K. Leedy
Jill Greenberg's photos are simply amazing.
David Liscio

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Terri Rowan on September 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Some say they're just animals. Others say they're almost human. What is it about monkeys and apes that fascinate us? Whatever the reason, we love them, and this is what Jill Greenberg celebrates in her new photographic collection, Monkey Portraits.

Old world or new, the monkeys and apes are captured in a range of emotions. Somber to silly, bored to brash, these primates will startle you with the depth of their emotions. As Greenberg points out, the beings caught in these intimate portraits can look surprisingly human, expectedly animal, or both. Either way, as you page through, you'll see a set of eyes here or a mouth there that look as though they could belong to someone you know.

Greenberg's skills behind the lens are starkly apparent. She has managed to bring forth a stunning array of emotions generally reserved for human "people." Anyone can take pictures, but Greenberg can go beyond the photo to that moment between breaths where the truly remarkable can be found.

Are monkeys and apes "mere" animals? Are they something more? Bring this stunning volume home and decide for yourself.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

9/6/2006
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By DS on October 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The photos in this book are stunning, revealing, and thought provoking. That said I wish the silly captions had been left out. They are contrived and instead of revealing something about the subjects end up being an annoyance. Instead of viewing the portraits and searching the faces for some primal connection we're given the photographers attempt at humor. The occasional quotes were far more revealing and thoughtful. Ignore the captions, which fortunately were designed to not be physically intrusive, and instead enjoy searching the faces of these wonderful creatures for the little that separates us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William T. Bebout on August 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The response elicited by these stunningly emotional portraits are like nothing I have experienced in years of looking at photographs of animals.
I agree with the reviewer who suggested you ignore the captions. These are prime examples of photographs that transend the 1000 words they may be worth. Priceless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Flynn on May 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is certainly fun to look at - the photos will crack you up for sure. It will serve to remind you of our relationship to other primates, perhaps sparking an interest, whether you are science-minded or simply curious, and you will want to know more about them - and therein lies my criticism of the book. In my opinion, each photo should be accompanied by a small blurb about the primate, it's habitat, etc.., or at the very least, the species name. Perhaps it was the author's intent to omit such information, in order to minimize perceived differences between humans and other primates, and let the photos serve as an artistic unifier. While I can appreciate that concept, I still want to know what kind of monkey I'm looking at, so I can go find out more about them if I choose.
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By robert johnston on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I shipped copies off to the g-kids, nieces & nephews after seeing it only briefly. The kids and parents loved it! The 3-9 year olds ate it up. My gifting can sometimes miss the mark, but this was a very unexpected hit!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Axton Blessendon, Jr. on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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I thought this book was a real lost opportunity, but also so much so that I found it somewhat offensive, both insulting my intelligence, and the dignity of the primates whose portraits are included. Ms. Greenberg's specialty is taking formal portraits of captive animals, in this case mostly monkeys and apes who work in TV and Hollywood films... That's okay, I guess, these animals have seen plenty of interesting stuff, and have a lot going on in their eyes... The portraits themselves are often quite striking, but what I felt was unfortunate was the captions that went along with them, bland, idiotic stuff, like "MR. SLEEPYHEAD" and "WHOOPSY DAISY!" or "GRUMPY FACE" -- the kind of thing you'd see on a really dumb postcard or on a dingy poster hanging up in a pediatrician's waiting room. Thus, a well laid-out collection of striking, finely composed photographs is reduced to a moronic lowest common denominator and these intelligent, soulful primates are made into mockeries, for no good reason. It's depressing. (Axton)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Cerruti on July 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book of monkey portraits! Every image is a beautiful view into the humanity of ...MONKEYS!!! I love it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on December 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I used to date a girl that looked like the picture on page ... No, I'd better not say it.

And we'd probably not get too anthropomorphic about these pictures. Yet looking at them it's hard to not put human emotions and feelings into the body language. They certainly look like they are thinking human thoughts, having human emotions. It's quite amazing to read into what we see here in an eye position, a mouth. It certainly makes you realize that with these, our closest biological cousins, we are not so far separated as perhaps we would like to think.

At any case, if you've missed the idea of this book, it's composed of a bunch of pictures of monkeys and apes. The pictures are mostly shots of their faces, selected to show human like characteristics. Along with the pictures are titles that show what the author thinks the Monkey's expression is showing.

A delightful coffee table book.
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