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Creature Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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I do have to say that I don't understand some other reviewers who gave this book a low rating because there are blank pages which are "insulting". What exactly is insulting about this? In my opinion, the placements of the various animals on the pages give the effort fluidity and movement in a collection of still photos; furthermore, the blank pages (when they're there) add to the value of portrait by highlighting the animal alone. After all, we paid for photos of animals with no background. It's what we received.
I believe the book would be sorely lacking if we were given 175 animals photographed ala prison photos to be placed in the center of each page. The results would be slow, tired and common, and would detract greatly from the goal of this book: To bring the essence--the motion--of the animal into utmost focus. This book attempts to present the dual beauty of the still moment, as Zuckerman writes at its end: animal life in a still frame capture and it's simultaneous movement.
I highly recommend it, "insults" or no.
Toward the end of the book, he photographer notes that the use of images on white is not only intentional, it is the motivation behind the entire series of photographs. To lament the amount of blank space allocated in the book is to miss the point. Stripped of their environment, some creatures are close, far, or simply alive.
Creature is not a book to merely flip from page to page, but instead to relish each individual spread for its perspective. Moving too quickly means missing the details; the photographer and designer have created a book that decidedly invites the reader to slow down and stay for a spell.
A good reminder that all creatures are individuals with memorable moments.
Additionally the index in the back of the book shows a small photo of each animal along with the names, scientific and common.
I would have given it 5 stars except that our copy has a small production hitch where a few of the pages are duplicates and one animal is missing.
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Stunning images and a beautifully presented and imposing coffee table book. I have bought three of his books as gifts and they are always well received.Published 2 months ago by samuel goodman
It's a fun book to pick up at the library and peruse by yourself or with your kiddos.
This book is huge! It is large in dimensions as well as being 300 pages! Read more
We bought this book for our 2 1/2 yo daughter for Christmas. She loves it so much...and the puzzles too! This is now our go to gift for kids and families.Published 17 months ago by Gina Cardillo
How Andrew Zuckerman photographed these animals is a miracle. The reader will be amazed and entranced with the detail and the variety of animals selected. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jan Strobeck
Best present for an animal lover. Have given this book to special people a few times. Everybody loves it. Great coffeetable piece and conversation maker. For kids and adults alike.Published on June 1, 2014 by Portland
I bought this for my father who suffers from dementia, the beautiful photos were perfect to engage him with. +++++Published on April 22, 2014 by sassyspirit