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James & Other Apes Hardcover – 4 Jul 2005

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Boot; New edition edition (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954689437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954689438
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 17 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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 book of photo-portraits of great apes. Only the faces of the apes are shown and these are shown uniformly in close up, almost filling the page. This directs the viewer's attention to what is different in each picture: the individual characteristics of each ape. I had never before realised the variation that exists in facial structure, eyes, nose and hair that exists in each species, whether chimpanzee, orangutan, gorilla or bonobo. Gradually you come to an awareness of apes as individuals - hairy people if you like. A revelation.
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