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Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary Hardcover – 26 Aug 2005

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books; First Edition edition (26 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792241886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792241881
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 4.3 x 31.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,856,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I wonder if G. I. Forbes has a dud copy of this book. The studio photographs in mine are pin sharp, beautifully lit and post-produced and in my opinion as a photographer, simply stunning. All the subjects are clearly living. Some wonderful close-up studies of tropical marine fish and crustaceans shot against white or black backgrounds to produce an extremely eye-catching document which can be appreciated as a record of the wildlife of the area or a study in form, pattern and colour.
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To say this book is a presentational mess is a kindness.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9132dbd0) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
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HASH(0x91355630) out of 5 stars Another exceptional collection of images and information 8 Dec. 2005
By Carol in the Garden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Such beautiful work is a treasure and an education all at once. It's a rare treat to be able to see in such intimate detail those creatures who have lived and may perish without our ever having known them except for the work done here. This book, and the entire body of the Liittschwager/Middleton collaboration is a must-have for every conservationist, every school.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91355684) out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Book, but Shoddy Packing 9 Oct. 2007
By K. McCully - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've lived in Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, where many of these photos were taken, for several months while working as a marine ecologist, so I've seen a large portion of these organisms, marine and terrestrial. Yet, despite the thousands of hours I've spent in the water there, Middleton and Liittschwager managed to find and photograph many organisms I've never seen before. Their photographs are unique because they mostly have a white background, so the organism is more starkly highlighted. Personally and as a marine ecologist, I think it's important to see the habitat and the other organisms that the organism may interact with, plus it's more interesting; however, that is what most fish or invertebrate books do and what any person with a camera or dive camera can do - Middleton and Liittschwager's technique is unique, much more difficult to accomplish, and therefore very special. Definitely a gorgeous book to keep on your coffee table - and a great way to see the organisms of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. One of my favorites is the group of images of one albatross growing up - from an egg to looking like an adult - I've always wanted to do that myself. This book will especially be a treasure for those lucky few who will visit Midway in the coming years as the new visitor program begins. I highly recommend it for those who have seen the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and those who haven't but want to.

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!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91355abc) out of 5 stars 5 for the Book, 3 for the Shipping 16 Aug. 2006
By Joshua J. Kellogg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like the other reviewer, my book was improperly shipped, this time in a box too large so it sloshed around on its journey, getting dinged in the process.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91355e88) out of 5 stars Exquisite look at hidden world 4 Jan. 2007
By G. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The northwest Hawaiian islands, stretching all the way to Midway are rarely visited because of their remoteness and fragility. This beautiful book gives a comprehensive tour of the area. The coffee table format allows the strange lands and creatures to be seen at their best. The authors' skill and dedication to their topic shows clearly in both photos and text. Recommended for all nature lovers.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91355e34) out of 5 stars Not a photo book about sea creatures 15 Jan. 2012
By Christopher Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not a book about underwater creatures. I know they sell this bundled with 'The Deep', but this is a very different book than the cover would have you believe. I would say half of the book is text, birds, flowers, grasses, etc. Just a heads up.
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