February 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Nonfiction | 1 Comment

Art books are a somewhat unusual area for me, but I had to share this one.  Andrew Zuckerman’s Creature is astoundingly gorgeous.

It’s not just that the animals are beautiful, or that the detail of the photographs is so incredible.  What’s amazing about this book is that the animals actually seem to be sitting portraits.  Their expressions are so calm and relaxed.  If you’ve ever spent much time with animals, you’ll know how hard it is to get them to sit still, especially to have a picture taken.  Yet Zuckerman actually has many of his subjects looking directly into the camera, eyes focused.  I was rapt trying to figure out how he did it.  There is a real gift here.

This book would be wonderful for anyone, but I imagine it would be particularly good for someone with kids.  This is the sort of massive coffee table book that you would actually find yourself looking through – over and over again.

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  1. It looks beautiful. Reminds me of an article I saw in National Geographic of endangered species, and the animals were photographed against white backgrounds, very posed. I wonder if its the same photographer, but I don’t remember who the Nat’l Geo one was.

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