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Flach’s intimate and bewitching photographic animal portraits fill the pages of this large and arresting book, bringing us into “unnatural proximity” with snakes, beetles, and bears. His stated mission is to create images that provoke questions about our relationships with other species and “our attitude, and responsibilities, toward the natural world.” But this is not your typical “save the planet” volume. Flach’s stunning, “superreal,” boldly composed images are complex and unnerving works of art, portals into other forms of being. Chimpanzees and bonobos are riveting in their near-humanness, while jellyfish, sea horses, fruit bats, an experimental breed of featherless chicken, a rare big-cat hybrid, and butterfly pupa are electric with life. Blackwell (The Life and Love of Trees, 2009) elucidates the unique “visual tension” in Flach’s work and the ethical questions it suggests, then reflects on the social significance of animal imagery, reaching back to cave paintings. Flach’s astonishing photographs affirm that “there is so much more than human out there” and that we share more with other species, no matter how unlike us, than we realize. --Donna Seaman

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Tim Flach is an acclaimed photographer best known for the originality that he brings to capturing animal behavior and characteristics. Flach’s previous books with Abrams are Equus and Dogs. Lewis Blackwell is the author of Abrams’ The Life and Love of Cats.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781419705526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419705526
  • ASIN: 1419705520
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.4 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Imelda The Hon on November 15, 2012
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What a gorgeous book! It is stunningly beautiful and every page is moving and thought-provoking. The photos of primates, especially, are very evocative. I really can't recommend this book enough.

It would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in animals and/or the natural world.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Luigi Facotti VINE VOICE on November 22, 2012
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I found this book while browsing at my local library, brought it home and ordered my own copy some 10 mins later. The photographs are absolutely incredible as is their reproduction - the detail defies description with the layout design being outstanding. The printing, done in Belgium, has to be among the very best I've seen possibly the equivalent of an Apple Retina screen reduced to paper. Why not 5 stars? Firstly, while there are very nice thumbnails of each photo indicating where they were taken, there is no camera information which is a pity. Secondly and more importantly is the text by Lewis Blackwell which is mostly irritating psychobabble verging on pretentious drivel- "we are not looking at animals....etc etc". A gorgeous book and given its quality reasonably priced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kilgore Trout on December 22, 2012
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This book will keep you enthralled for hours on end...the photography is not only magnificent, it is truly inspired.

I like how certain characteristics and details of the animals are honed in on and put in a sequence. The photographer is much more than a photographer here. He leads us to opening up our eyes far beyond what they have been able to see before.

I've never had an experience like this looking at pictures before! I've always thought looking at life in person is the best way to learn about it and know it. This book has shown me that the moments caught by an inspired mind can be more far-reaching than the fleeting glimpses we see in our everyday world.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to understand life and how wonderful it is!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherry A. Kelly on November 29, 2013
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The photographs are exquisite, the content of the text is informative and written in a style easy to understand. However, the font is so small and light that it doesn't invite reading. All the pages of text are at least 3/4 blank. The text takes up one small corner in an otherwise blank page. We bought this for a granddaughter's 13th birthday. She is thrilled with it, but I noticed as people looked through it they didn't stop to read the text. Even when they wanted more information about the photograph. This is a glaring fault in an otherwise stellar achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LastRanger on February 12, 2014
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It took a gifted photographer with a "state of the art" Hasselblad camera and an array of the worlds finest natural "models" to create this stunning coffee-table book. With close to 200 highly detailed shots of mammals, fish, reptiles and birds this book will give you an unprecedented look at the animal kingdom. Author Tim Flach devoted several years in the production of More Than Human. The book is set up primarily for the photo's, most are full page spreads with a few smaller multi-frame series and some two page spreads. The amount of detail contained in these huge blow-ups is astounding, you can almost reach into the picture and feel the fur or feathers. Extreme close-ups of insects and other invertebrates are incredible, giving you an intimate look into a small world. Most animal-picture books of this nature are filled with shots of wild free ranging animals in their natural habitat, not so this one. With the exception of the two Mexican Free-tailed bat shots, most of the pictures were taken in a studio type set-up where Flach had complete control of lighting and framing of the subject. The two bat frames were taken at Bat Cave Preserve, Texas, USA. The fish and other aquatic animals were taken at various professional Aquariums in the UK an USA. Many of larger mammals and some insects were at the Amey Zoo in the UK. Look for the picture captions in the back of the book and you will see all the different organization that supplied the animal "models" for these shots. One reviewer on Amazon voiced concern over possible mistreatment of the subjects. As far as I could see every shot was taken under the supervision of the organization supplying the subject and a professional Animal Handler was present for each shot.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Muriel Egan on September 21, 2013
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Spectacularly beautiful images that all ages from my 2 year old to the adults reading to them enjoyed. The volume was re-visited by the kids later on their own...with big, broad smiles.
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This book, filled with amazing photographs by Tim Flach, is like a prayer. It takes my breath away with its stunning depictions of our fellow animals. Flach's photographs are a mystery - how does he get them? He introduces his audience to such tender moments and the text by Lewis Blackwell offers information to supplement these purely visual expressions of hope. I think it is impossible to look through this book - to really look at these photographs - and not feel how much like us our fellow citizens are, and how intricately related we all are on this fragile planet. Not just incidentally, all those thoughts raise heartbreaking questions regarding how we treat all these other earthlings.
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By Cow Town Girl on December 20, 2013
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My sister-in-law photographs animals at a shelter and has a special affinity for wild beasts who, in her case, are in rehab for release, which she documents via photos. She was absolutely delighted with this book, saying it was the best she had ever seen. The photography is beyond compare and is inspiring for even those who don't go gaga over animals.
This is an enchanting coffee table book, beautifully bound with heavy paper and high quality. Good for any animal lover or photographer in your life.
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