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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1st American Edition edition (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756619408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756619404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.1 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Over the past 16 years Swiss photographer Thomas Marent has traveled all over the world photographing rainforests, from Peru and Ecuador to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Usually traveling alone, Marent has been known to spend extraordinary lengths of time to get the perfect shot--sometimes 12 days. You can see the results in his first book, Rainforest. The book is his testament--an intimate collection of more than 500 breathtaking animal and plant portraits, and the fascinating stories behind them.

Questions for Thomas Marent

Amazon.com: What inspired you to start taking pictures?

Marent: I used to be a birdwatcher in Switzerland--and soon I was also interested in amphibians, insects, and plants. After a while I thought it would be nice to have pictures of all these beautiful animals.

Amazon.com: Waiting for the perfect shot takes patience and time. How do you decide what images are worth waiting for?

Marent: I mostly focus on the colorful and spectacularly shaped creatures. Sometimes it is a matter of luck to find them, but sometimes I have to know where and when to look for them.

Amazon.com: What photo in Rainforest is your favorite?

Marent: I don't have one favorite--there are many favorites! I especially like the photos of frogs, butterflies, fungi, birds and weird insects.

Amazon.com: What would people find most surprising about the world's rainforests?

Marent: When people think of the rainforest, it's the monkeys, birds, and wild cats that first come to mind. But there are so many small and beautiful creatures. We need to see and appreciate them too--they're just a little harder to find! Many of these smaller creatures have never been seen by most people.

Amazon.com: Do you consider yourself a rainforest activist?

Marent: With the book I want to show to the people the endless beauty of the rainforests. I do hope that it might open the eyes of some people, so that they'll agree that it's worth protecting this fantastic environment.

Amazon.com: Some of the photos in the book, especially some of the insect photos, are really strange and otherworldly. What's your favorite exotic rainforest animal?

Marent: Some of my favorites always were frogs and butterflies, but birds and monkeys as well. And of course the weird-looking insects.

Amazon.com: What's your favorite rainforest?

Marent: In Asia it is Borneo. In Africa it is Madagascar. In Latin America it is Costa Rica and Peru/Colombia. But I also like the Australian and New Zealand rainforests.

Amazon.com: Do you have any advice for amateur nature photographers?

Marent: A tripod is an absolutely must. Try to move to the animals slowly and quietly--it takes some patience. Whenever possible try taking your pictures at the animal's eye level. And it's always important to think about the background when you compose the picture.

From Booklist

Marent has spent half his life photographing rain forests from Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to Ecuador and Peru. Marent is self-taught, and his evocative work manifests an inborn talent for capturing detail and grace in every photograph, whether it be a study of the delicate wing of a butterfly or the bumpy-ridged hide of the Malayan horned frog. Each section is a delight for the eyes, the minimized companion text posted like road signs to help readers maintain their bearings while focusing on the luscious photographs. Each inhabitant of the rain forest becomes memorable for its clever camouflage, ingenious coexistence with the other species of this fragile world, or even its sheer size, in the case of the 42-inch-wide Rafflesia flower. Rain-forest advocates have no better friend than Marent. His 16-year photographic love affair with these essential ecosystems has resulted in an invaluable survey of the magnificent rain-forest's abundance and diversity of life. Pamela Crossland
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Customer Reviews

The photos are crisp, beautiful and colorful.
Alain Hache
This book is one of the most spectacular collections of nature photography I have ever seen.
Piotr Naskrecki
It is also nice that they include a short description for each picture.
M. Adar

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Piotr Naskrecki on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the most spectacular collections of nature photography I have ever seen. The author spent 16 years traveling across the tropics, capturing with his camera the very essence of the rainforest ecosystem. Ranging from majestic panoramas of the forest to intimate portraits of birds and mammals (how did he get those wide angle portraits of monkeys?!) to fantastic close ups of invertebrates and mushrooms, this book explores tropical humid forest at all its levels. The message of this magnificent collection is clear - rainforests are the pinnacle of life on Earth, a jewel-studded crown of Nature; they are libraries of genetic and biotic diversity that must be saved at all cost.

I recommend this book to all nature lovers and photography aficionados. I recommend it even more to those who don't care about the rainforest and its preservation - if these images cannot convince you about the value and uniqueness of this habitat, nothing will.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P. Beard on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My [....] son and I stumbled across this book last night and we were absolutely captivated. He is currently studying plants in science and many of the photographs were of plants discussed in class. The photographs mesmerized both of us and we ended up buying the book. I stayed awake to the early morning hours slowly turning the pages as I saw plants and animals in ways I had never before seen.

This morning, my son brought it to school where he shared it with the other kids prior to first bell. There were 15 nine and ten year olds jockeying for the best view with "cool" and "awesome" said only the way a child can. They completely missed the sound of the bell and their teacher came out to see what the delay was. She too fell in love and the book stayed at school to be shared with all the [....] classes over the next few days.

This book deserves more than 5 stars.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on September 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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This breathtaking book takes the reader on an awe-inspiring five continent tour of rain forest tree and plants, reptiles, birds, amphibians, insect, and mammals.

The book itself can be divided into three components:

(1) Photographs (with informative captions)
(2) Text
(3) CD

The photographs are spectacular and jaw dropping! For over sixteen years, nature photographer Thomas Marent has traveled around the world to achieve the difficult task of recording the diverse, complex, unexplored, and endangered ecosystems of rain forests. In other words, these spectacular color photos capture close-up images of some of the most rarely visited places on Earth.

The photographs are divided into five sections: (1) panorama (2) diversity (3) survival (has three sub-divisions entitled predator, arms and armor, deception) (4) cycles (has three sub-divisions entitled flowers to fruit, lifelines, recyclers) and (5) society.

The number of captioned photos for each section is as follows (these totals are rounded off):

Panorama: 40; Diversity: 20; Survival 170; Cycles: 105; Society: 45. There are also about 10 captioned photos that appear before the table of contents. (TOTAL captioned photos in entire book: 400.)

There is a well-written text that accompanies many photographs giving the reader facts and figures about the rain forests and their diverse plant, insect, and insect inhabitants. (The last chapter of this book entitled "Rainforests of the world" is especially well done.) As well, there are fascinating brief stories and descriptions (in quotation marks) that were said by photographer Marent that accompany some of the photos.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Danforth on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The spirit of the animals, plants embodied in the unbelievably fantastic pictures in this book put me and everyone i show the book in awe of the wonder of our Rainforests. As I teach children at schools about how global warming is really an incredible opportunity, this book sets their minds into fantastic positive motion and you can see the happiness in there eyes to know what it is we are fighting to save for all future generations. This is a must have photo-documentary of the absolute finest quality. As I teach adults and develop business opportunities, I pass this book among them, and they stare, fixated, quiet, nearly unable to let the book pass to their co-worker sitting next to them. This is a book that is helping to convince all people that we can and will turn global warming into the greatest opportunity of all time. Its a MUST have for you and your children and for everyone you know.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Randall on October 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Well I was ready to dish out some more money for another DK book.. Which I currently own Animal and Earth. I was planning on going with Plant next, but then I saw this one sitting there... I flipped thru it and knew right away this was the next DK book for me. Breath taking pictures of terrain, plants and animals from the rainforest. Not so much wording as DK's other books.. but the pictures are enough. Don't ever be afraid to buy a DK visual book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Moody on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is WAY more than a coffee table book. The photos are fascinating and technically exceptional and the text informative. You are in for a treat!
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