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Vanishing Act Hardcover – November 1, 2005
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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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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.”
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.”
[A] master of the most advanced photographic techniques.”
Roger Tory Peterson
Art has the broadest range of excellence of any nature photographer I know.”
Top customer reviews
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.
If it were possible to give 6 stars, I'd give 6.
I bought two copies for myself.
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