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Award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent years enquiring into the essential bond we have with animals. Now, he presents the culmination of years of tireless, expert endeavour, an extraordinary body of work in which each image is more striking and powerful than the last. Just as did Flach's highly acclaimed previous books, Equus and Dogs, More Than Human will amaze and inspire, in a constant affirmation of the animal, whether it be rare or common, powerful or defenceless, odd or majestic. The book showcases a menagerie of creatures, including: pandas, tigers, bats, lions, orang-utans, cobras, bull frogs, chimpanzees, wolves, porcupines, elephants, owls, armadillos, among many others, as they have never been seen before. Shedding light on Flach's images will be a deeply perceptive yet accessible collection of texts, written and edited by acclaimed author Lewis Blackwell.
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Tim Flach is best known for the originality that he brings to capturing animal behavior and characteristics. In this, he is often exploring the close relationship between animals and humans, in particular how humanity imposes and reveals its ideals when trying to understand and work with animals. Flach's previous books with Abrams are Equus and Dogs. Lewis Blackwell is the author of Abrams' Life and Love of Cats and wrote the text that accompanied Flach's book Dogs. He is a recognised leader in creative and photographic practice. For almost a decade he led the creative development of Getty Images, the world's largest photo agency. He is currently a visiting professor at the School of Creative Leadership at Steinbeis University Berlin. His other books include The End of Print, Soon: The Future Culture of Brands, Twentieth-Century Type, Photowisdom, and The Life and Love of Trees.From Booklist:
Flach’s intimate and bewitching photographic animal portraits fill the pages of this large and arresting book, bringing us into “unnatural proximity” with snakes, beetles, and bears. His stated mission is to create images that provoke questions about our relationships with other species and “our attitude, and responsibilities, toward the natural world.” But this is not your typical “save the planet” volume. Flach’s stunning, “superreal,” boldly composed images are complex and unnerving works of art, portals into other forms of being. Chimpanzees and bonobos are riveting in their near-humanness, while jellyfish, sea horses, fruit bats, an experimental breed of featherless chicken, a rare big-cat hybrid, and butterfly pupa are electric with life. Blackwell (The Life and Love of Trees, 2009) elucidates the unique “visual tension” in Flach’s work and the ethical questions it suggests, then reflects on the social significance of animal imagery, reaching back to cave paintings. Flach’s astonishing photographs affirm that “there is so much more than human out there” and that we share more with other species, no matter how unlike us, than we realize. --Donna Seaman
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Book Description Abrams, 2012. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New, sealed. Seller Inventory # 09229