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James & Other Apes Hardcover – 4 Jul 2005


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  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Boot; New edition edition (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954689437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954689438
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1973 in Kenya, James Mollison studied Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University, and Documentary Photography at Newport School of Art and Design in the UK. Since 1998, he has lived in Venice, Italy, working with Fabrica, Benetton’s creative laboratory outside Treviso. Photography for Benetton includes their 2001 campaign in support of the United Nations’ Year of the Volunteer, and the 2002 campaign in support of the World Food Programme (for which he was also Creative Editor of Hunger, a Colors supplement). Previous books of his work include Lavoratori (1999), a study of immigrant workers in the Veneto region of Italy, iO? Bologna! (1999), a celebration of Bologna Football Club’s 90th birthday, and Kosovars (2000), a study of refugees from the conflict in the Balkans (2000). He continues to work with Fabrica on campaigns, contributing to Colors Magazine, The United Nations Refugee Agency, The World Health Organization, i-D Magazine, The Guardian, Arena, !
Amica and El Pais, among others, and on personal projects.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LJ Miles on 26 Aug 2005
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A selection of head-and-shoulder portraits of great apes in captivity. It does a great job of showing the variety within a single species, as well as emphasising the kinship between humans and these other apes. Aside from the foreword, the only text within the book is a couple of sentences on each of the individuals photographed. This gives a moving cumulative impression of individual tragedy, as most of the apes pictured are living in sanctuaries, having been rescued from the pet trade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Silversheen on 18 Dec 2006
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Absolutely wonderful pictures of gorillas, chimpanzees and Orang-utans. All photos are head shots that capture the essence of each animal. Some pictures make you smile like Wendy and a few like Katie make you sad. It's true the eyes are windows to the soul!

The book is set up so there is a full color photo of an ape on one page the oppisite page is blank except for their name.

There is a short bio on each animal in the back of the book. It's abit frustrating to have to keep flipping the pages back and forth to read the info and find the picture or vice versa. I would have loved to have the bios of each animal on the opposite page for a better user-friendly approach.

This is why I have rated this book 4 stars instead of five.

However it's a lovely book and I higly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lu on 6 Jan 2007
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You get a real sense of how close to humans apes actually are looking through this book. Each individual has their own facial expressions and traits - each as beautiful as the next. There are also biographies at the back on some of those apes featured in the book, detailing how they got to be at the sanctuary, which is usually after being snatched from their mother in the wild, who was killed for bushmeat.

Others books featuring images of apes are usually those exploiting animals in the entertainment industry - it is refreshing to be able to view a book like this with images of apes who are in re-introduction programmes and santuaries, where they have been saved from such exploitation.

This book is not only beautiful, but educational and inspirational at encouraging those who read it to help save our closest relatives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Barlow on 25 Jan 2012
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I saw this exhibition a few years ago and was totally mesmerised by it. The photos are amazing, very humane and evocative, most unlike the all-singing, all-dancing primate books Amazon is now telling me I must want to purchase. The quality of the book itself however was disappointing; a dust cover wouldn't have gone amiss. The prints are good but the binding is much like you'd expect to receive if you sent off a few of your holiday snaps to one of those random .com photo companies to create a personalised photobook. Definitely one for the shelf rather than the coffee table. Shame, because the photographs are truly fantastic.
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Beautiful photographs of some members of the family of great apes. These photos really highlight the individuality of each animal, and make you question your ideas about the differences between 'us and them'. This is especially poignant as all the featured apes have fallen victim to the inhumanity of man. A beautiful book.
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