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Shooting Bears: The Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer Hardcover – September 15, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; illustrated edition edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847823784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847823789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,619,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Pezzenti, who lives in Alaska, is a widely published author and has written several best-selling books on the American wilderness. He lectures extensively and has had the distinct honor of being asked to present at the Smithsonian, where he is only one of four nature photographers ever to do so. Pezzenti has appeared frequently in the press, from television programs devoted to his work on the Discovery channel, to numerous interviews on NPR radio, and in print media such as National Geographic.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Working with fish and game in Alaska,I find it refreshing in this day and age to view a work like Shooting Bears that portrays true photographic mastery: instead of being full of game farms, zoos and computer-enhanced photos. At one glance I was enthralled with the perfection of Pezzenti's work in this truly unique book of bears.
Never before have I seen more compelling photos of grizzly bears at night, or more profound images of polar bears. In several of the polar bear shots Pezzenti actually catches the glow of the sun setting on their teeth; unbelievable! There are no finer shots or more professional images of black bears and cubs to be found in the world today. The shots of brown bears still remain planted in my mindseye as I have never before seen such clarity in a nature photographer's work -- let alone with bears. The shots in this book are very gripping and compelling.
After reading the review on Shooting Bears in Shutterbug, I dropped everything and bought a copy. They called him one of the best there is; but this falls short because his photography is indescribable and obviously born of love. If his photowork doesn't make him top in the business (and it does), then his writing more than places him there.
If you desire a wilderness book full of photos that transcends anyone's work you've ever seen, this is it; but also get ready for a narrative that captures your attention completely. John Pezzenti is a true wilderness artist--in both picture and word. I loved this book immensely; it is groundbreaking work without equal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Another stunning work by John Pezzenti!
After being completely mesmerized by the breathtaking photography, I was able to draw myself away to read the accompanying text, and it was equally impressive.
Intermingling words and images, he captures the pure essence of his subject, this time the majestic Bears, and transforms it into a medium that allows us all to share his vision.
John truly brings forth the spirit of the Bear, and takes you deep into the wild places where he dwells. With the incredible tales and the extraordinary visual accompaniment, it is a journey you will never forget.
The photograhy is outstanding, as is all of Pezzenti's work. The stories will make you laugh, or keep you on the edge of your seat, and you will want to read every last word.
Whether your interest is bears, wildlife, nature photography, art, or adventure, this book is not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Robinson on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
John Pezzenti once again is shareing his world with us in his latest book, Shooting Bears: This beautifully bound album of magnificient photographs truly show cases John`s mastery of the lens and his knowledge of his subjects. The stories John shares with us in Shooting Bears:, both with his pen, and with his camera, are a pricless treasure that will leave you in awe of these wonderful wild animals and in wonder at this artists extreme talent. John takes you along in his travels and shows you
in his photographs just why he goes there. This wonderful display is a must-have for all who enjoy wildlife and bears in particular, and for those who appreciate being right out there with them. Thanks for the wonderful trip John, God Bless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Ronan, Jr. on December 22, 2002
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In the 90's when I lived in Alaska I pursued that lands great mammals with my camera. Along the way I met John Pezzenti. Not only is he an author who captures the mystery and thrill of wildlife adventure photography through a unique voice, he is one of the best nature and wildlife photographers in the world. This stunning book adds another notch onto his Nikon. It helped me be there again, but this time sitting with a cup of tea instead of the rain, bugs, miserable weather, and other hardships that John lives with daily. Buy this book! You'll love it too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By penelope burroughs on January 5, 2002
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You can immerse yourself for hours with John Pezzenti's new bear book. John takes you on an adventure of a lifetime - a lifetime spent with bears as only John can capture on film and with words! He keeps you on the edge of your seat with his riveting stories of his encounters with bears and the photographs of these bears are amazing! I enjoyed giving and sharing this awesome book with family from the lower 48, for them to explore and view a bears life along with John. They were mesmerized!
Thanks John for a truely "Alaskan" gift!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Ladbrooke on August 25, 2002
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If you are interested in bears,then this is the book for you.Amazing photographs,and accounts by the author,who has spent over 30yrs working and living with these wonderful creatures.A fantastic book,thank you Mr Pezzenti for sharing your experiences with us less fortunate people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2001
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"SHOOTING BEARS" is a masterpiece of knowledge and highly technical and artistic photography woven into the ultimate book on bears ever published.
If I wasn't laughing about the chapter "Hunt of the Bozo's"; I was crying over one of his other unique encounters. While all of the narritive kept me on the edge of my chair, Coming from Denali Park; I,ve heard it all about bears for years; but no one ever has had the fortitude and talent to create a book of this techinal depth, unique character, and overwhelming magnitude.
While Pezzenti's work in his Alaska and American Eagle books completly blew nature photography to a higher level, Shooting Bears convinced me that this Photojounalist (Pezzenti) is without question in a league of his own and even the top pro's need to study this man's work. But don,t take my word for it, 30 minutes alone with Shooting Bears in your lap will forever embed Pezzenti's work in your heart as well.
Thanks, John. You continue to enlighten and amaze us all with your creations.
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