Synopses & Reviews
The Life and Love of Cats
takes us on an unforgettable journeyandmdash;we travel from the homes of middle-America today, back to the demonized creatures hiding in the alleys of medieval Europe; from wild cousins on the plains of Africa to rare hybrid domestic breeds like the Savannah; and from fashionable show breeds to shelter cats lovingly rescued by volunteers. Starting with the earliest records of domestic cats 9,000 years ago in Africa and the Mediterranean and moving to the present, Lewis Blackwell weaves stories of one of humankindandrsquo;s closest companions with a collection of more than 100 unforgettable images.
Praise for The Life and Love of Cats:
andldquo;Fabulous felines.andrdquo; andmdash;People
andldquo;As good as Blackwell's text is (and it's quite goodandmdash;an approachable, informative, and appreciative study of cats of all breeds), the true appeal of the book is the stunning images.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andldquo;Filled with gorgeous color photos of domestic and wild felines: Russian blues, Siamese, lions, leopards, Bengal tigers and more.andrdquo; andmdash;BookPage
andldquo;A global tour of one of the worldandrsquo;s most popular animals.andrdquo; andmdash;The Charlotte Observer
andldquo;This is a gorgeous coffee table bookandrdquo; andmdash;dooce
"Beginning with the question, 'What does the cat think of us?,' writer and photographer Blackwell (The Life & Love of Trees) examines the special connection humans have with cats of every pedigree, shape, and size. Over the course of nine chapters (get it?), he illustrates how our relationship with cats has had implications far beyond the immediately obvious. To wit: the perceived correlation between cats and witchcraft led to a steep decline in feline populations during the Middle Ages, which in turn allowed rats to flourish, thereby facilitating the rapid spread of the Black Death. But as good as Blackwell's text is (and it's quite good an approachable, informative, and appreciative study of cats of all breeds), the true appeal of the book is the stunning images. Blackwell's beautifully composed portraits of Abyssinians, Bengal tigers, sphynxes, Persians, and more, as well as his close-ups of paws, eyes, tongues, and whiskers are stunning. Blackwell covers everything from napping kitties to the majestic black panther and the noble white tiger, but this is more than a bound calendar. Any cat lover (or fan of photography) will thoroughly appreciate this thoughtful and creative large-format volume.117 color photos." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
This sumptuously illustrated book surveys the exquisite range of costume jewelry produced by haute couture fashion houses, a subject until now overlooked by historians and fashion cognoscenti alike. The term “costume jewelry” was coined in the twentieth century for the use of non-precious metals and jewels for human adornment. This book showcases the extraordinary diversity and exceptional craftsmanship of this jewelry in hundreds of beautifully reproduced pieces from such fashion houses as Chanel, Balenciaga, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, and Givenchy.
“A time capsule of creativity.” ~ Dallas Morning News
Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished. Dogs live with us in a way that no other creature does. Their contribution to our history has enabled us to be where we are today. Itandrsquo;s a connection that can even have depths beyond those we have with our own species.
For all dog lovers, The Life and Love of Dogs offers hundreds of incredible images by acclaimed photograandshy;phers from around the world. A textual exploration of our unique relationship with dogsandmdash;including a surprising analysis of the qualities that make a dog attractive in our eyes, a detailed look at how the breeds we see today are a product of our own needs and desires, and moreandmdash;it sheds original light on this great love affair.
Showcasing cutting-edge underwater photography from the worldandrsquo;s leading marine and nature photographers, The Life and Love of the Sea is a breathtaking visual tour of the oceanandrsquo;s great diversity. Readers will experience land meeting sea with images of dramatic coastlines, barrier reefs, and island chains, as well as the spectacular power of the ocean through a stunning collection of wave photographs. Offering an extensive survey of the oceanandrsquo;s many fascinating inhabitants, Blackwell presents incredible images of everything from whales to manta rays to seals to endless schools of fish to the creatures that reside in the deepest recesses of the ocean floor. The book also makes available bonus footage via a scannable QR code from multi-award- winning underwater cameraman Steven Hathaway.
About the Author
Lewis Blackwell has worked as a leading author, editor, and creative director in photography, winning international recognition with talks, exhibitions, and books. The Life and Love of Cats is a follow-up to his award-winning and bestselling The Life and Love of Trees, which led to a feature on the Ellen show and other prominent coverage.