- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; Mul edition (15 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
- ISBN-10: 3832795847
- ISBN-13: 978-3832795849
- Product Dimensions: 37.6 x 30 x 3.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kenya Hardcover – 15 Oct 2011
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Flamingo-flecked aerial shots, tribal portraits and big-skies wildlife parades adorn this blockbuster tome by actor-turned-snapper Poliza. Friends including fellow A-lister Steve Bloom contribute to a suitably monumental portrait of East African life. --Wanderlust
A beautiful ode to the country's scenery, wildlife and people. --Conde Nast Traveller, December 2011
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In this book, Steve Bloom, Paul Mckenzie and Federico Veronesi, help Michael in conveying the beauty of Kenya, from Lake Turkana and Chalbi Desert in the north to Maasai Mara and Amboseli in the south.
As the most part of this book is taken up by these fantastic pictures, the text of these photos are at the rear of the book along with miniature pictures. I felt it better to start at the back of this book, see the small picture, read the text of that picture and then enjoy the enlarged picture, the page of which is posted under the small pictures. As you go through the pictures, you will see many areas tourist visit and many only dedicated visitors would visit. None the less, it covers the diverse beauty of Kenyan landscape, its people and animals. A map of Kenya would be a good idea when trying to find where these places are? For me, the Maasailand near LAKE MAGADI brings back memories of my childhood.Read more ›
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I immensely enjoy the artistic and technical beauty of the images contained in this book. With many of these photos, especially those with wildlife as the subject, I could not help wondering how these amazing shots were captured! This book is not just a window to a complex, diverse and ecologically fragile country; it is a work of art in itself.
I highly recommend this gorgeous book for anyone with an interest in fine photography, or in the wildlife and landscapes of Africa.
'Kenya's diversity' Poliza writes in his introduction, 'is clearly breathtaking: the plains of the Mara, beaches on the Indian Ocean, rainforest in the highlands, snow on Mount Kenya, huge waterfalls, vast deserts, volcanoes, picturesque dunes, fantasy rock formations, deep swamps, etc - hard to imagine, but it's all here! I now visit about three or four times a year, often with friends. I have become something of an expert in finding the most beautiful and untamed places.'
The rest of the book which measures 15" X 12" X 1 1/2" (and that is closed!) is all photography - lush panoramas, ingeniously captured close-ups of both vegetation and animals, images of the peoples of the region - all of the things Poliza mentions in his introduction. The fact that each of the images is presented in two page open book size (making each photograph 15" X 24") quite simply takes the viewers breath away. All of the photography is in richly saturated color, understandable for the vistas of land and sky and forests and rock formations, but a true bonus when Poliza focuses on, say, the yawning mouth of a lion where he makes us feel we could easily walk inside!
The book is meant to be global in distribution, thanks to teNeues Press, and to that end the written word is in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. This is a book that begs display in a room where the reader can spend hours paging through the wonders of Kenya as captured and defined by Michael Poliza. It is of note that part of the purchase price of each of these books is donated to SOS Children's Village for their relief work in East Africa. Magnificent achievement from all concerned. Grady Harp, November 11