- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: teNeues Publishing; Mul edition (31 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3832793747
- ISBN-13: 978-3832793746
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 35.6 x 27.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Classic Africa Hardcover – 31 Aug 2010
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Worth adding to the collection ... but only after you own Africa and at least one of Brandt's books such as A Shadow Falls
Poliza adds a few lines of commentary throughout the book, thoughts that he elects to share with the viewer, hoping that some of the love he has for these animals and this country will be evident. There are images of a jackal mother and her cubs, many 'landscape' surveys of elephants in the wild mixed with amazing details of their trunks, their eyes, lions preening and preying, birds of a spectrum not seen before in one book, hilarious chimpanzees, lord-like giraffes, and eloquent vistas of the land alone as well as the land with animals and birds and other wildlife living in tenuous harmony.
The book as a book is an art piece: the cover of this very large and heavy book is made of rich brown suede with a single eloquent image of a leopard and the name of the book and the artist deeply embossed. This is as fine a book on animal imagery as is available. And Michael Poliza's reputation as a genius in wildlife photography is even further enhanced with this collection. His love for Africa could not be better expressed. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 10
A strange thing has happened; National Geographic is what we all expect for wildlife photography. The pictures have to be stunning, incredibly detailed, glossy, and have vibrant color. Michel Poliza has taken a completely different approach to wildlife photography, a king of anti-National Geographic style. He finds the patterns, the simplicity, and the majesty of African animals. This is a book of intimate portraits of these animals, shot in black and white.
The photographs are stark and feel dry, much like the landscape where these animals live. The background is pure white or a very light gray. These are tight portraits, cropped very close. Something that doesn't work very well is the border around each image. Some form of manipulation has made the edges look ragged, like a water color painting. Flipping through the book quickly, it is apparent roughly ten or fifteen different kinds of screens were applied. This artifact is somewhat sad for such a gorgeous book.
The printing is exquisite. The extremely heavy weight (almost card stock) paper is a medium cream color. The images are set in a sepia tone, not a pure harsh black, but a very warm jet dark color. The binding is sewn and the large format (roughly 14 x 11) book opens flat to fully view the photographs. The layout is a single large picture on the right side and occasionally a small image on the left. Each picture is captioned on the left side. The layout is really pleasant and lets the images speak for themselves.
The cover is something very special. The material is some kind of synthetic material with an animal fur texture. The book title and author are deeply embossed on the cover. The 5 x 7 photograph of a leopard on the cover is a great example of the photographs inside.
This is a magnificent volume of about 150 pictures. It is a surprise to see such gorgeous black and white photographs in an era of ultra high def color images.
A copy of this book was provided for review by the publisher.