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Ichthyo: The Architecture of Fish: X-Rays from the Smithsonian Institutionby Stephanie Comer
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The stark X-ray images of the ichthyological specimens of the Smithsonian Institution, intricate and delicate, offer an unusual combination of art and science. The X-rays are first presented in black-and-white splendor, followed by a visual directory with each specimen's Latin and common names, location, order, family, and collection date. Jean-Michel Cousteau provides one of the three brief introductions, but the true focus of the book is the amazing images. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Originally created to preserve a record of scientific samples, the black and white X-rays of fish at the Smithsonian Institution have emerged as astonishing works of art in their own right. This stunning compendium of imagescomparable to fine and delicate engravingsis drawn from the National Museum of Natural History, which holds the world's largest collection of ichthyological specimens (and which, upon the reopening of its Ocean Hall in Summer of 2008, will put these X-rays on permanent display). As mesmerizingly beautiful as they are amazingly detailed, these images reveal thehidden wonders of the creatures of the deep.
About the Author
Jean-Michel Cousteau is an environmentalist and explorer.
Dr. Daniel Pauly is a noted ichthyologist.
Dr. Lynne R. Parenti curates at the Smithsonian.
Deborah Klochko is director of the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.
Stephanie Comer is a photo researcher.
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