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A buffalo stands horns to head with a man who is calmly vacuuming the snow-covered plains beneath its feet. A herd of plastic-wrapped zebras surrounds a giraffe, while a man on scaffolding above paints them a lovely trompe l'oeil sky.Photographer Richard Barnes has spent more than ten years documenting the way we assemble, contain, and catalog the natural world. Barnes's behind-the-scenes photographs are haunting reminders that there is nothing natural about a natural history museum.

Animal Logic, Barnes's first monograph, collects four related species of his photographic work that touch on themes relevant to science, history, archaeology, and architecture. Through his lens, sights and objects normally hidden from public view—half-installed dioramas, partially wrapped specimens, anatomical models, exploded skulls, and taxidermied animals in shipping crates—take on a strange beauty. Barnes peels back layers ofartifice to reveal the tangle of artistry, craftsmanship, and curatorial decisions inside every lifelike diorama and meticulously arranged glass case. Animal Logic investigates both the human desire to construct artificial worlds for "the wild" and the haunting and poignant worlds the real wild constructs. Barnes's camera freezes migrating starlings to reveal the visual poetry hidden inside their dense formations. His extraordinary photographs of birds' nests constructed from detritus—string, plastic, milkweed, tinsel, hair, dental floss, pine needles—sculpturally embody our often complicated relationship with nature. Animal Logic presents more than 120 of Barnes's photographs and includes essays by Jonathan Rosen of the New York Times and curator Susan Yelavich, which explore the themes that emerge from Barnes's unique body of work.

About the Author

Richard Barnes's photographs are in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was a recipient of the Rome Prize in 2005.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568988610
Author:
Barnes, Richard
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Contribution by:
Rosen, Jonathan
Contribution by:
Yelavich, Susan
Contribution:
Yelavich, Susan
Contribution:
Rosen, Jonathan
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Natural history museums
Subject:
Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions - General
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Photography, Artistic
Subject:
Photography-Annuals
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
12.20x11.20x.80 in. 2.90 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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