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  • 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: 559,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr S S Nagi (NYROBE) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Dec. 2011
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This very large heavy book 37cmx 30cm(15" x 12") was first published in 2011, has 280 pages, very full size beautiful colour pictures through out his book, but NO MAPS. Most of the large pictures open into next page making them even larger and one picture opens into 4 large size pages of flamingoes, stretching over my table. The book is so heavy that I had to read/watch it while it was left on a large table. MICHAEL POLIZA was a known actor as a teenager in Germany and appeared in 100 TV and film shows. Then he turned into a businessman in IT sector. In 1997, he took up photography in South Africa. Since 2006, he has been photographing from a helicopter. In December 2009, he was named as an ambassador for WWF.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ripple TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2013
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This is a weighty book containing some absolutely stunning photographs of people, landscapes but most impressively of wildlife. These days there are many stunning photos of wildlife around so to make you gasp like these do, they have to be absolutely exceptional. There are short explanations of the images at the back, but mainly this is a book of photographs. It shows the wonderful variety that Kenya is blessed with. The impact of the pictures is certainly helped by the large format here. A really exceptional collection of pictures.
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Lovely book. My mother and father were thrilled with this gift. It arrived quickly and is a delight to flick through. Thank you.
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By Polargeek on 3 Feb. 2015
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Beautiful photos
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Stunning Photography! 19 Dec. 2011
By HJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kenya: Michael Poliza & Friends is a gorgeous coffee-table size book featuring more than 250 pages of vivid, full-page photos highlighting the complexity and diversity of Kenya's people, landscapes, and wildlife. The photos range from sweeping wide angle shots of the Chalbi Desert and Suguta Valley, to spectacular wildlife photography taken in the Masai Mara and other locations.

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.
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The Spectacle of Nature 22 Nov. 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
KENYA is a huge, heavy, coffee table book so rich in brilliant photography that it is an art piece on its own. To appreciate just how dazzling this book is open to the middle section of the book and there experience the folding out of a four-page panel of a flock of flamingos in motion. It is staggering in concept and in respect for nature. Yet that is only to capture the attention of the curious reader. THIS is KENYA as only Michael Poliza can share with us. Poliza, having lived in Cape Town, South Africa in 2005 while on assignment was disillusioned by what he saw the tourists observing. He returned in 2006 he began photographing the Kenya he discovered. This book is a tribute to what he saw and what he offers as the true spirit of Kenya - au naturel.

'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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stunning photos 11 Jan. 2014
By Ripple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a weighty book containing some absolutely stunning photographs of people, landscapes but most impressively of wildlife. These days there are many stunning photos of wildlife around so to make you gasp like these do, they have to be absolutely exceptional. There are short explanations of the images at the back, but mainly this is a book of photographs. It shows the wonderful variety that Kenya is blessed with. The impact of the pictures is certainly helped by the large format here. A really exceptional collection of pictures.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not his best work 7 Dec. 2011
By Telcontar - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Poliza's book, Africa, established him as one of the top five african wildlife photographers in the world, so I greatly looked forward to owning this book. Unfortunately, very few of Michael's images in this book achieve the high standard he had previously set. In fact, most of the best wildlife photos are contributed by the "friends" who participated. I'm used to being awed by Michael's photography; with only a few exceptions, his work here is uninspiring.
The Beauty of Kenya 15 Sept. 2014
By Carol Weston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is very large. Most of the photos are taken from a helicopter which has its pluses and minuses. The quality of the photos are excellent, I was hoping for more photos taken from the ground. Kenya is beautiful.
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