Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary

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For this project, Middleton and Liittschwager gained unprecedented access to photograph on and around these protected islands that are otherwise completely off-limits to people. Home to nearly seventy percent of our nation's coral reefs, known as the "rainforests of the sea," the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is a remarkable ecosystem that supports a vast array of interdependent native plants and animals that have evolved in this habitat over millions of years, many existing ...

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Overview

For this project, Middleton and Liittschwager gained unprecedented access to photograph on and around these protected islands that are otherwise completely off-limits to people. Home to nearly seventy percent of our nation's coral reefs, known as the "rainforests of the sea," the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is a remarkable ecosystem that supports a vast array of interdependent native plants and animals that have evolved in this habitat over millions of years, many existing nowhere else on the planet.

The result is Archipelago. With its more than 300 stunning images, the book illustrates the spectacular diversity of these ocean and island creatures, as well as profiles many of the people dedicated to the preservation of this habitat. The inaccessibility of these islands and the need to protect them means that few people will ever be able to visit them in person, though now, for the first time, the area's inhabitants are available for all the world to see through this important body of work. In conjunction with the publication of Archipelago, exhibitions of these photographs will be mounted in Honolulu and Washington, and will then travel to venues around the country throughout 2006.

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Library Journal
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are the most remote on Earth. Extending 1200 miles from Honolulu, these ten islands and atolls-which make up the geologically oldest part of the Hawaiian archipelago-have been protected from recent human development by the actions of two former presidents: Theodore Roosevelt designated the area a wildlife refuge in 1909, and Bill Clinton established the Northwestern Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve in 2000. Photographers, environmentalists, and documentary filmmakers Liittschwager and Middleton (collaborators, Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai'i) present 360 full-color photographs of the flora and fauna of this fragile ecosystem. Of those images, more than 150 are breathtaking portraits of land and marine species, which are identified by English common name, Hawaiian name, and scientific name. The authors also provide biological and general information about the native organisms and environment and offer an insider's view of the technical expertise and planning that enabled them to take their photographs. The inclusion of Hawaiian chants will deepen readers' understanding of the unique value of these islands to our global well-being. Recommended for all libraries. [This book's publication coincided with the start of a three-year, nationwide traveling exhibition of the photographs.-Ed.]-Sara Rutter, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792241881
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,172,577
  • Product dimensions: 11.33 (w) x 12.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet 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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