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ISBN13: 9780316031882
ISBN10: 0316031887
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This disarming, adorable collection of bear portraits by celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg is my favorite book of the year. Like Andrew Zuckerman (Creature), Greenberg has the unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her large, carnivorous subjects, and their unexpectedly human expressions are undeniably charming.
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A top celebrity portrait photographer, Jill Greenberg has a unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her subjects — whether human or animal. Her portraits of bears, collected here for the first time, surprise and engage. We encounter cubs as cute as a child's Teddy, grizzlies that look like they might swallow you whole, and Polar bears seated in Sphinx-like tranquility.

Full-grown brown bears, grizzlies, black bears, Polar bears, and bear cubs are photographed on location against a portrait backdrop. The poses and facial expressions are at turns oddly comedic, pensive, terrifying, and sometimes unexpectedly human. Alive with Greenberg's signature lighting and seen through the unique perspective of her lens, these startling bear portraits bring us face to face with our fears and fantasies.

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'These pictures are smarter than the average bear." Elvis Costello

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A top celebrity portrait photographer, Greenberg has a unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her subjects — whether human or animal. Her portraits of bears, collected here for the first time, surprise and engage.

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Jill Greenberg regularly shoots advertising and celebrity portrait photography for such clients as Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, HBO, Bacardi, Rolling Stone, Time and Newsweek. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and began her career in New York City. Jill now resides in Los Angeles with her husband Robert and children.

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gaby317, December 1, 2009 (view all comments by gaby317)
Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated by "wild animals." Bears were among my special favorites. But the images that I had of bears were from wild life shows - usually grizzlies catching fish with their paws or koola bears in trees, pandas surrounded by bamboo in a zoo or polar bears on ice - or from cartoons. Even the live bears that I'd peered at in zoos were some distance away. Jill Greenberg's Bear Portraits gives the unique opportunity to study bears' faces at close range.

In Bear Portraits, Jill Greenberg shares photos of 12 very different bears - a Polar Bear, a European Brown Bear, a Russian Brown Bear, several Kodiak Bears, a Grizzly Bear, a Black Bear. All these bears had been raised in captivity and learned to view their owners as their family. The bears were accustomed to people and filming. These deadly bears were able to sit, stand and growl silently on cue. The close shots and artificial lighting gives us a chance to see close up the different faces of these amazing bears.

These are the twelve bears that you'll meet in Jill Greenberg's Bear Portraits:
(1) Agee, a polar bear weighing 800 pounds at a height of 7 feet whose credits include Mystery, Alaska, and Out Cold;
(2) Ali Oop, a Kodiak Bear weighing 1,400 pounds at a height of over 8 feet whose credits include Grizzly Falls, Wild America, Dr. Doolittle 2, and The Last Trapper;
(3) Amos, a 4 month old European Brown Bear weighing 40 pounds and had been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno;
(4) Barney, a Kodiak Bear weighing 1,000 pounds at a height of 7.5 feet whose credits include Anchorman, Grizzly Falls and Shoebox Zoo;
(5) Betty, a Kodiak Bear weighing 1,000 pounds at a height of 7 feet and whose credits include Dr. Doolittle 2 and Anchorman;
(6) Bonkers, a Black Bear weighing 600 pounds at a height of over 6 feet and whose credits include Brokeback Mountain, The Sopranos, Gentle Ben 1 & 2;
(7) Brett, a Black Bear cub, weighing 12 pounds at a height of 1 foot on all fours and 30 inches on his hind legs;
(8) Cheyenne, a Russian Brown Bear weighing 180 pounds at a height of 5 feet whose credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show;
(9) Koda, a Grizzly Bear weighing 1,600 pounds at a height of 9 feet and whose credits included Grizzly Rage, Snow Dogs, Kevin of the North, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer;
(10) Max, a Black Bear weighing over 400 pounds at a height of six feet and whose credits include Tin Man, Dead Like Me, Dreamcatcher, and Animal Miracles;
(11) Ursula, a Kodiak Bear weighing 850 pounds at a height of 7 feet and whose credits include Anchorman, True Heart, Grizzly Falls, Wild America; and
(12) Whopper, a Kodiak Bear, weighing 1,000 pounds at a height of 7 feet and whose credits include Air Bud 2, Grizzly Falls, Anchorman, Return to Grizzly Mountain and The Last Trapper.

Bear Portraits is a fascinating book of photographs that will surely bring much enjoyment to children and adults alike.

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (November 3, 2009), 104 pages.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316031882
Author:
Greenberg, Jill
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Plants & Animals
Subject:
Photography-Nature and Landscape
Subject:
Portraits
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091103
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
10.26x8.34x.60 in. 1.46 lbs.

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Product details 104 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316031882 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This disarming, adorable collection of bear portraits by celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg is my favorite book of the year. Like Andrew Zuckerman (Creature), Greenberg has the unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her large, carnivorous subjects, and their unexpectedly human expressions are undeniably charming.

"Review" by , 'These pictures are smarter than the average bear."
"Synopsis" by , A top celebrity portrait photographer, Greenberg has a unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her subjects — whether human or animal. Her portraits of bears, collected here for the first time, surprise and engage.
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