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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1ST edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821257501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821257500
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.8 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. The photos in this beautiful large-format (13½"×12") book are visual puzzles of a sort: you must try to find the animal hidden in its surroundings. Captions are at the back of the book, so the images are undisturbed by text and you can try to solve the puzzle on your own. Wolfe, a winner of the National Audubon Society's Rachel Carson Award and other prizes for nature photography, offers a closeup illustration of one of the best tricks in the natural world—animals' ability to blend into their environments in order to hide from predators. Even a lion's eyes match the tawny tall grasses of the African savanna through which he peers; a rock-colored pika (a relative of the rabbit) lies on a stone amid fallen autumn leaves; an Arctic hare seems no more than a shadow in Canadian snowdrifts; and a pink pygmy seahorse, just one-third of an inch long, mimics remarkably the web of coral in which it hides. In Rwanda, Panama, Papua New Guinea and a wide range of habitats, Wolfe's remarkably crisp images are a visual delight for nature lovers. (Nov.)
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Praise for the author:

“Art Wolfe’s photographs are magically composed and stunningly beautiful. Like nature poetry of the first rank, they pull our emotions closer to some of the most charismatic and (sadly) endangered animal species of the world.”
— Edward O. Wilson

“Art Wolfe is an artist. He works with all of the artistic elements . . . line, form, texture, composition, light and shadow, and produces visual masterpieces from the real world. Turning the pages of The Living Wild brings on not only a psychological reaction but a physical reaction . . . my jaw drops and my breath is almost taken away by the imagination and beauty he has brought to us.”
— Robert Bateman

“Art Wolfe’s brilliant and sensitive photographs are a powerful stimulation for changing attitudes. Art is passionately involved in the life-and-death struggle of the African continent, its people, its wildlife, and its forests, woodlands, savannahs, and deserts. His love and commitment are revealed in each photograph and these, in turn, will stir the heart of the reader.”
— Jane Goodall

“[A] master of the most advanced photographic techniques.”
— Roger Tory Peterson

“Art has the broadest range of excellence of any nature photographer I know.”
— Galen Rowell
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

"Art Wolfe's photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world." -- Sir David Attenborough

Over the course of his nearly 40-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world's fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes and native cultures, and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Wolfe's photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective.

"Art Wolfe's work tells a story that is overwhelming, breathtaking, and vast."
- Robert Redford

Wolfe's photographic mission is multi-faceted. His vision and passionate wildlife advocacy affirm his dedication to his work. By employing artistic and journalistic styles, he documents his subjects and educates the viewer. His unique approach to nature photography is based on his training in the arts and his love of the environment. His goal is to win support for conservation issues by "focusing on what's beautiful on the Earth." Hailed by William Conway, former president of the Wildlife Conservation Society, as "the most prolific and sensitive recorder of a rapidly vanishing natural world," Wolfe has taken an estimated one million images in his lifetime and has released over sixty books, including the award-winning "Vanishing Act", "The High Himalaya", "Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, Tribes", "Rainforests of the World", "The Art of Photographing Nature", as well as numerous children's titles. Graphis included his books "Light on the Land" and the controversial "Migrations" on its list of the 100 best books published in the 1990s.

"There's a stunning clarity and vibrancy in Art Wolfe's wildlife portraits, which are careful, often haunting, compositions." - The New York Times Book Review

In 2000 he published his signature work "The Living Wild", which has more than 70,000 copies in print worldwide and garnered awards from the National Outdoor Book Awards, Independent Publisher, Applied Arts and Graphis. In 2001 WP published the award-winning "Africa", and in 2003 "Edge of the Earth,Corner of the Sky", which captured significant publishing awards, including IPPY (Independent Publishers), Benjamin Franklin (Publishers Marketing Association), and National Outdoor Book Award. Wolfe's latest books are "The New Art of Photographing Nature" and "The Art of the Photograph" (2013, Amphoto Books).

"Art has the broadest range of excellence of any nature photographer I know."
- Galen Rowell


Art Wolfe is the proud recipient of the Photographic Society of America's Progress Medal for his contribution to the advancement of the art and science of photography; he has been awarded with a coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award as well as named Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association. The National Audubon Society recognized Wolfe's work in support of the national wildlife refuge system with its first-ever Rachel Carson Award. He has been a member of Canon's elite list of renowned photographers "Explorers of Light" and Microsoft's Icons of Imaging, Nikon's NPS Pros, and Fujifilm's Talent Team. Magazines all over the world publish his photographs and stories, and his work is licensed for monograph retail products as well as advertising. Numerous North American and international venues have featured his traveling exhibits.

"The intensity, texture, and strange density of Art Wolfe's photographs are truly astonishing." -- Peter Matthiessen

Wolfe has ventured into the world of television production with "On Location with Art Wolfe," "Techniques of the Masters" and as host of "American Photo's Safari", which aired on ESPN 1993-1995. In May 2007 Art made his public television debut with the high definition series "Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge," an intimate and upbeat series that offers unique insights on nature, culture, and the new realm of digital photography. The thirteen-episode first season garnered American Public Television's 2007 Programming Excellence Award--unprecedented for a first season show. The thirteen-episode second season garnered five Silver Telly Awards, their highest honor, for outstanding achievement. It is now being broadcast worldwide.

"It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed." -- Art Wolfe

The son of commercial artists, Wolfe was born on September 13, 1951 in Seattle and still calls the city home. He graduated from the University of Washington with Bachelor's degrees in fine arts and art education; in 1999 he was named to the UW Alumni Association's magazine list of 100 "most famous, fascinating and influential" alumni of the 20th century. Wolfe spends nearly nine months a year traveling, carefully researching the locations as well as pre-visualizing the photographs he wants to take. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and serves on the advisory boards for the Nature's Best Foundation and Bridges to Understanding. He donates performances and work to environmental and educational groups every year; his lecture series is also in demand for corporate conventions and trade shows. Wolfe maintains his gallery, stock agency, production company and digital photography school in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle.

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It is a great coffee table book for guests to look through while they are waiting.
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It's amazing to see how wonderfully some animals blend into their environment.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nomad on October 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The photographs in this book are amazing. It is difficult to believe that one person could capture all these images in one life time. The pictures show a wide variety of ( North American ? ) animals in surroundings which match thier natural protective camoflauge. The cover is one of the lesser examples. This book must represent decades of work. I recommend it highly to anyone who likes nature photography.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Martin on November 10, 2008
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Although it's aimed at adults, Vanishing Act is the best children's book I've ever seen. Kids treat it like a puzzle as they pick out the animal from its background. It gives us a chance to explain to them about life on earth when they are totally engaged. The photography is beautiful, too.

Art Wolfe has turned wildlife photography upside down. Instead of isolating animals in their environment, he has shown them as part of the ecosystem in the most striking way.

Amazing and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Slay TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a photographer and a fan of Art Wolfe, I purched this book for the usual reason - great photgraphic inspiration. This title does not dissapoint. It is big and beautiful... :)

BUT HERE IS THE UNEXPECTED BONUS: My kids LOVE this book as well. They have a great time looking for the animals hidden in their natural environments. Of course this is much better than the typical seek-and-find childrens books. Another unexpected benefit is that now when we take hikes, they are always looking out for animals that are blending in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Pike on April 4, 2006
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I purchased this book as a gift for my husband, and we've greatly enjoyed sitting and studying all the HUGE, gorgeous pictures in this book. My younger siblings had fun finding all the animals, too, although for the price I'm not sure I'd reccommend it as a book for young children, since it IS a rather large and artistic book.

If you love great nature photography and cleverly composed images, this book is worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karthik Rajasekaran on January 30, 2013
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I enjoy showing and teaching my 5 yr old with this book. Its also great education for me too! Highly recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FromTheCouch on January 3, 2013
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Yes, the photography is outstanding ... but it's the subjects that will amaze you.

This book kept a group of 5 kids ranging from 6 to 16 engaged for almost an hour turning the pages and talking about every image. The parents were so surprised that, when the kids finished, they picked up the book and ended up spending another half hour browsing through every page.

Creating and assembling a collection of photographs that can do that is a very impressive feat. This is a book worth owning.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber R. Hottes on January 1, 2008
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I purchased this book as a gift for my elderly grandma. Both she and the rest of my family enjoy looking through the beautiful photos to spot the camouflaged animals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BioPsych on January 26, 2007
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This photography/nature/evolution/puzzle book was simply astonishing. Everyone I've shown it to, from 8-80, has been both amazed by the photographs and thoroughly enjoyed reviewing it. When I brought it to work, a common response was, "Very cool ... Can I borrow this book overnight to show my husband/wife?" I need to e-mail Art Wolfe to ask him if I could represent him on his next creative effort. That way his work will achieve wider distribution and recognition.
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