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Kenya [Hardcover]

Michael Poliza
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15 Oct 2011
Alternating aerial shots with dramatic landscapes, vivid animal studies, and portraits of the proud Maasai people, this stunning book captures the spirit of the place and its inhabitants. This master photographer conveys the adventure and excitement of this unique country. As with all his best-selling titles, Poliza's concern for fragile eco-systems and vibrant cultures is on every page. A skilled artist and gifted storyteller, Poliza's one-of-a kind work combines advanced technique and original composition. Each breathtaking image stands on its own as a fascinating piece of art.

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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co KG; Mul edition (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • 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 (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,392 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
5.0 out of 5 stars KENYA 25 Dec 2011
By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photos 29 Dec 2013
By Ripple TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 16 Nov 2011
By Daniel G. Lebryk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
There are beautiful books and there are masterpieces. Kenya by Michael Poliza and Friends is a masterpiece. From page one it is clear this book is something new and completely different in the world of photography. Kenya is photographs of landscapes, animals, and people.

Kenya is a massive book of color photographs. Poliza's Classic Africa from last year was black and white, (Classic Africa) and a more intimate close up view of animals. Kenya is expansive and more about the huge landscape and the place animals and people have in those views. These are bright, sharp, colorful images compared to the monochrome from last year. Both books have their place; Kenya is a bit easier to appreciate.

The book is wrapped in a plastic shrink-wrap with a sticker, "A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the charity organization SOS Children's Village for their relief work in East Africa." What a fantastic gesture.

The four photographers represented in this book are Michael Poliza, Steve Bloom, Paul Mckenzie, and Federico Veronesi. Roughly 80% of the photographs are by Poliza. Poliza was a German television actor, turned IT professional, and in the late 1990's turned wildlife and landscape photographer. Since the 1990's Steve Bloom has documented African wildlife and landscapes, he was born in South Africa. Paul Mckenzie was born in Kenya, worked in finance for 20 years and in the 1990's started his career in wildlife photography. Federico Veronesi born in Milan, lives in Kenya, leads photography safaris and is a full time photographer since 2007. It appears all these photographers have a passion for Africa and are less interested in making a huge amount of money.

Kenya is massive; the pages are very heavy weight semi gloss paper slightly larger than 11 x 14. Most of the images cover two pages and somehow Poliza has taken into account the spine fold in each double wide. Essentially, this is a book of 22 x 14 inch photographs. There are 237 pages of images. The binding strains against the task of holding this incredibly heavy book together. The book is presented with a matte paper cover that hides an amazing embossed hardbound book that looks like an animal hide. It seems a shame to hide this beautiful book. The inner leaf paper cover is of a faded landscape with elephants.

TeNeuese is a master at reproducing fine photography. The colors and tone range are reproduced perfectly; the images look like photographic prints. Blacks are solid deep and blemish free all the way to perfect ivory whites the tone range is remarkable.

Unfortunately each image is marred with a page number in the lower right or left corner. The numbers are, relative to the size of the images, small, but they are a distraction all the same. Each image is described in a thumbnail index at the back of the book. The photographer, exposure information, and a paragraph describing the picture are included. Thankfully this information is at the end of the book and not the bottom of each image.

These are stunning images. There is a flavor of Planet Earth and National Geographic, except there's more depth in these photographs. The other two produce absolute perfection in every single image, and sometimes the photograph is included because they are so perfect. Not every image in Kenya is perfection, not every image is absolutely tack sharp and studio perfect. Instead, Poliza and friends have captured more of the feeling of Kenya, more of a sense of being there. The image of an eagle owl with it's mouth open about to swallow a mouse whole is slightly out of focus, slightly blurry, but perfectly exposed. This picture might not have ever appeared in Planet Earth or National Geographic, because it is slightly blurry. Poliza captured the perfect moment just before the mouse became a meal, that imperfection is what makes the image so perfect.

Each image could be framed. There is a particularly spectacular image of flamingos (the flamingo series overall is incredible) that is a two-page fold out - when open the image measures 14 x 44 inches. The single most iconic is a cheetah standing majestically on a dead tree overlooking the tundra. There is movement in both forms, the cheetah fitting perfectly in the composition.

Aerial photography is a special art. The Poliza has mastered this art. They find shapes and colors that are unimaginable, sometimes just a beautiful form; others look like animals or plants.

There is a not so great forward by Eberhard Brandes, CEO, World Wide Fund for Nature Germany, and a beautiful essay by Poliza on his passion for Kenya. Both essays are in English, French, and German. The last section of the book is the thumbnail index, biographies of the four photographers all in three languages. Poliza acknowledges all the support he has for his photography safaris and adds a small pitch for his travel business - authentic safaris in Kenya. There are two pages from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) describing the dire needs of Kenya and asking for support. Finally the book closes with two pages of other titles by Poliza.

This is a masterpiece book from a wildlife photography standpoint, from an art standpoint, and from a rise to support this country standpoint. It may sound silly, but this book could very easily sit on a table and flip the page once per day. The images are so beautiful and stunning, they deserve at least a day of viewing. I loved this book, it is simply gorgeous.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book for review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work 7 Dec 2011
By Telcontar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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