Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary Hardcover – 26 Aug 2005
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About the Author
David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton are well known internationally for their arresting portraits of endangered North American plants and animals. They have published three books, and they won an Emmy in 1997 for the National Geographic television documentary "America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Goodbye." They have an active lecture schedule across the U.S., and their work has appeared in publications the world over and in many noted scientific works as well. Susan and David each live in San Francisco, California.
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The archipelago in question stretches 1200 miles north-west from Hawaii to Ocean island covering the North West Hawaiin Islands which are a restricted access nature reserve.
The natural setting pictures are good and the text is adequate but the laboratory or studio illustrations- the vast majority-are on a white backgrouhd and would appear to be post mortem specamins are mainly out of focus and how "renowned" photographers can produce such poor images is a mystery because they destroy a book that could have been firs class.
A book that is definately not recommended.
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Secondly, somehow this book was not packed very well. Others before me have commented on this, and I agree. I've ordered lots of things from Amazon and never seen this before; however, for an expensive book with glossy covers that you don't want to get scratched, it really wasn't packed very well. However, my copy was not damaged in any way, so no worries. I just think Amazon should talk to whoever is packing these books!!
However, the book itself is magnificent. It is a gorgeous, comprehensive collection of images detailing the flora and fauna of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. This thriving Archipelago is beautiful in every sense of the word, and the intimate portraits that Middleton and LIttschwager have painstakenly produced of these creatures are superb. This is a jewel of a book, for photographic as well as conservationist reasons.
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