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  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Crds edition (15 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822860395
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822860397
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"This book is a personal interpretation of the penguins I met, rather than a natural history of all penguins," Frans Lanting writes. "I wanted to create an impression of who these penguins are and what they go through. I hope my work will be seen as an homage to the individual within them all. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
great book beautiful condition great value for money most informative clear and concise photographs making you feel as if you where amongst them.
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Format: Hardcover
Dutch-born nature photographer Frans Lanting should be a familiar name to the readers of National Geographic, Audubon, LIFE or several other prestigious high-circulation magazines. With a Master's degree in Environmental Economics, he devoted himself full-time to photography in 1980. Since then, he won numerous awards, including the Sierra Club's 1997 Ansel Adams Award, and was named the Photographer of the Year 1991 by BBC. Lanting now lives near Santa Cruz, California.
This monograph, which is actually his eight book, was conceived during his three visits to the Antarctic waters. The first of them brought him amidst the rockhoppers, gentoos and Magellanic penguins on the Falkland Islands. The second one was a two-month cruise around South Georgia, South Orkney and South Sandwich islands, where he observed the king, Adelie and chinstrap penguins. And finally, as a crown, he spent several weeks among the emperor penguins on the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. In total, there are over 100 photographs. Lanting's photography is always brilliant. True, penguins are always cute, but as other birds, they have no facial expression. It is therefore amazing how he managed to capture the spirit of the moment of a bird's life.
The book will surely attract any nature lover, ornithologist or not, and amateur nature photographer. For these latter, Lanting added some short notes on photographing penguins. And finally, if you are interested, you can learn more about Lanting on his internet site, triple W dot lanting dot com.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is crammed with beautiful full colour pictures of various penguin breeds in all sorts of locations engaged in all sorts of activities. Perched on icebergs, ascending rocky staircases, belly-sliding across the ice, and nursing their young. It really demonstates the full range of appearance and habitat.
The pictures capture a uniquely personal and emotional view of their subjects, and I return again and again to the same photos, each time finding them as striking as the first time.
Perhaps I'm biased as I *do* have something of a soft spot for all these noble little sphenisciformes, but I think anyone who has an interest in the natural world will love this book.
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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2003
Format: Paperback
No, neither have I but you'll find them in Frans Lanting's beautiful paperback of penguin photos, along with the emperor, gentoo, king, magellanic, chinstrap, adelie and rockhopper, all in dazzling colour. As he says in the books short introduction it is not a natural history of these amazing birds but a personal photographic interpretation shot over a ten-year period. The birds are shown in all weather conditions, as huge groups, ten or so and as individuals in very detailed close-ups. Naturally the close-ups of parents with chicks are the most appealing photos in the book.

Many of the photos have captions and rather strangely there are twenty-four pages at the back of the book with thumbnails of all the photos and detailed captions, I would have thought it better to use these pages for more photos and have a caption (where needed) on each page. Apart from this I think it is a lovely book of penguin photographs and excellent value too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Feb. 2015
By Kelly 907 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautiful Book! looks new. Reccommend buying used books.
Love it. Thank You.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 14 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is top-notch and amazing, just like anything else you would expect from Frans Lanting. You can just imagine the hardwork the man goes into just get these photos you see, not to mention the ones you don't see. This book made me feel a connection to penguins I didn't have before. You look at the book and you can see how similar these animals really are to people, their behaviors and family and emotions are so human-like, it is scary and quite emotional sometimes. Amazing book.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Pictorial Overview Of Our Favorite Flightless Waterfowl 8 Aug. 2006
By Robert I. Hedges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Penguins" by Frans Lanting is one of the most beautiful nature books I have ever seen. In it he details the lives of various species of penguins through his brilliant photographs and a modicum of text. Make no mistake; this is a book of pictures: it does have a small amount of informative text, but the main attraction is the incredible color photographs. The photos are arranged artfully, but my one nitpick would be the captioning: each photo has a very abbreviated caption (though not always on the same page,) but to find out more detail about a given picture, you must flip to the back of the book and cross-reference the photo in the image index, a feature that I found annoying.

Overall this book is great, and I appreciated that Lanting did not devote the book to the more commonly known King and Emperor penguins, but also detailed the lives of other less well known species like the Rockhopper, Gentoo, and Macaroni penguins. For those interested, Lanting includes a section on penguin and Antarctic conservation in the back of the book. This is a great and visually stunning book, and I recommend it without reservation.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Penguins Up Close and Personal 22 Sept. 2003
By mirasreviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Known for his exquisite images and extraordinary fortitude, Frans Lanting will travel to the ends of the Earth, weather the most extreme conditions and still persist in making the most beautiful and creative photographs of his subject imaginable. Over the course of a decade, he traveled to the Falklands, South Georgia, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica, and the Southern Ocean, where his subject was penguins. In "Penguin", Lanting exhibits his photographs from these expeditions, in which he aspires to evoke the personalities of the individual birds and convey some sense of the experiences that their lives entail. "Penguin" features photographs of a wide variety of penguin species, from the diminutive to the imposing: Emperor, King, Gentoo, Galápagos, Rockhopper, Macaroni, Magellanic, Adélie, and Chinstrap, representing all four main clans of penguin species. The book is organized into three large sections: Coming to Land, Going to Sea, and Living on Ice, which each consist of an preface by Lanting introducing us to the featured penguins and explaining a little about their lives, followed by many color photographs of penguins doing what the sections' title implies. There are also several smaller sections containing an introduction, an essay about photographing the penguins, and an image index. Most of the images in this book are at least full page. Many span two pages. Some images are accompanied by captions, but more detailed captions are found, alongside thumbnails of the images, in the image index. This is a little awkward, but it does allow images to be printed full page without having to leave room for captions. The reproduction quality of the photographs in "Penguin" is not on the level of fine art books, but it is very good for a book in this price range. Recommended for penguin lovers and Frans Lanting fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Praise of Penguins from the San Jose Mercury News 27 Dec. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
Published Monday, December 27, 1999, in the San Jose Mercury News: Warm look at penguins' cold habitat
ABOUT this time last year, I told you about a wonderful book called ``Eye to Eye: Intimate Encounters With the Animal World'' by Santa Cruz photographer Frans Lanting.
Today I get to tell you about his newest, titled simply ``Penguin.''
Lanting has spent the last 20 years researching and photographing the worlds of wildlife and his books are gifts to the rest of us.
They take us up close to animals in their habitats, help us see in new ways how much we all have in common. The difference, of course, is that we get to learn these things while looking at his books in the warmth of our homes.
Lanting goes to the source.
``It hurts to breathe at minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit,'' he writes in ``Penguin.''
``Even if you are an emperor penguin, you have to hunch and huddle. If you are a human, you have to hide.''
At the time, Lanting lay inside a tent in Antarctica ``holding on to the poles. The blizzard outside has pushed the ceiling down to a few inches above my nose.
``I am uncomfortably aware that only a thin membrane of nylon separates me from conditions I could not survive. Yet outside there are baby birds. They are emperor penguin chicks, and I am here to document their lives.''
As a former photojournalist, I have no problem saying that Lanting's work is very special.
From the cover photo of an emperor penguin family to the series of king penguin chicks and numerous others in the book, ``Penguin'' is a celebration of the uniqueness of each bird, no matter how alike they might seem to the rest of us.
``There's a lot more than meets the eye,'' Lanting said. ``A penguin is not a penguin, is not a penguin.''
I've seen two of Lanting's books and quickly added both to my list of favorites.
Lanting is a photographer with a purpose. He won the Sierra Club's 1997 Ansel Adams Award for using his photography to further conservation.
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