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Birdby Andrew Zuckerman
Synopses & Reviews
Turning his camera to the world of birds, Andrew Zuckerman has created a new body of work showcasing more than 200 stunning photographs of nearly 75 different species. These winged creatures — from exotic parrots to everyday sparrows, and endangered penguins to woody owls — are captured with Zuckerman's painstaking perspective against a stark white background to reveal the vivid colors, textures, and personalities of each subject in extraordinary and exquisite detail. The ultimate art book for ornithologists and nature enthusiasts alike, Bird is a volume of sublime beauty.
"Animal lovers will be just as entranced by the newest from photographer Zuckerman as they were by 2007's Creature. Once again, Zuckerman works with the cooperation of zoos, wildlife preserves and aviaries to photograph his living subjects in bright white light against a flat white background, a setting that nature purists might find off-putting at first, but which reveals each animal as a self-contained, emotionally responsive being-the photo of a Great Horned Owl is less a documentary nature photo than a portrait of an individual who just happens to belong to another species. Thus, observers see and identify with the curiosity of a red-and-green Macaw, the haughty pride of a Snowy Owl, and the coy flirtation of a Palm Cockatoo. The quality of the images is astounding, bringing out color variation, feather patterning, facial markings, leg scales, and winged flight in detail that's simply unprecedented; the complexity of color and structure should inspire textile designers and architects for years. In the epilogue, Zuckerman's creative partner Alex Vlack describes Zuckerman's photography and editing techniques (Zuckerman's ideal shutter speed is 1/8000th of a second, impossibly short without digital photography). Zuckerman makes brilliant use of new technology to showcase nature, giving us access to astounding surface detail as well as revelatory emotional depth." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Photographer Zuckerman shows us birds in a manner that Audubon didn't dream about: ultra-close heads, faces, and necks, and extraordinary full-body views placed deliberately against white backgrounds. The effect is hyper-real: luscious colors and detailed patterns of feathers and forms are astonishing in their spare context. Two hundred photos are presented in this oversize volume (12x12"). A brief introduction by designer Massimo Vignelli is the only text except for a thumbnail catalog that identifies the 75 represented species. Zuckerman has created two other books of his photographic work, one on animals and the other on "eminent elders" (humans). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Andrew Zuckerman was born in Washington, DC in 1977. After an internship at The International Center of Photography in New York, he attended the School of Visual Arts to study photography and film, where he graduated in 1999. His work has been commissioned extensively for many leading international brands and has received many awards, including D&AD, One Show, BDA, and multiple annuals. His first film, High Falls, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2007 before going on to win for best short narrative at the Woodstock Film Festival.
He has published three photography books. Creature, a portrait series of animals, was released worldwide in November 2007 to critical acclaim and is now in its fourth printing. Wisdom, a book, film, and traveling exhibition released in October 2008, is an ongoing project made with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Andrew traveled the globe to photograph and interview the world's most eminent elders, from Judi Dench to Nelson Mandela, creating a comprehensive account of their perspectives on life. His latest book, Bird, is a visual study of birds from the rarest to the most common and will be available in October 2009.
In 2006 Andrew co-founded Late Night and Weekends, a company that produces advertising, films, books, and online content.
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