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Elephant Reflections brings award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann's gorgeous images together with a revelatory text by writer Dale Peterson to illuminate one of nature's greatest and most original works of art: the elephant. The photographs move from the purely aesthetic to the informative, depicting animals who are at once enigmatic, individual, mysterious, elusive, and iconic.
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Overview

Elephant Reflections brings award-winning wildlife photographer Karl Ammann's gorgeous images together with a revelatory text by writer Dale Peterson to illuminate one of nature's greatest and most original works of art: the elephant. The photographs move from the purely aesthetic to the informative, depicting animals who are at once enigmatic, individual, mysterious, elusive, and iconic.
In riveting prose, Peterson introduces the work of field scientists in Africa and explains their recent astonishing discoveries. He then explores the natural history and conservation status of African elephants and discusses the politics of ivory. Elephant Reflections is a book that could change the way the world thinks about elephants while we still have some measure of control over their fate.

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"A revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants. . . . Peterson's awe and affection for the creatures is contagious." Starred Review--Publishers Weekly

"Revelatory text. . . Photographs (that) move from purely aesthetic to informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual and iconic."--Wildlife Conservation Magazine

"A bountiful pictorial feast for the eye."--Deseret News

"Combines the extraordinary images of award-winning photographer Karl Ammann with the compelling writing of Dale Peterson."--National Wildlife

Wildlife Conservation Magazine
“Revelatory text. . . Photographs (that) move from purely aesthetic to informative, depicting animals that are at once enigmatic, individual and iconic.”
Foreword
“A thing of beauty.. . . High-quality photographs are joined with strong prose and a passion for the subject matter.”
Deseret News
“A bountiful pictorial feast for the eye.”
Scientific American
“This gorgeous book. . . . will convince you that the elephant is one of nature’s greatest and most original works.”
National Wildlife
“Combines the extraordinary images of award-winning photographer Karl Ammann with the compelling writing of Dale Peterson.”
Shutterbug
“A vivid portrait of elephants in the wild.”
Publishers Weekly

Amman and Peterson (coauthors, Eating Apes) offer a revelatory collection of photos and text on elephants. Ammann's photographs capture an astonishing range of elephant behavior, but Peterson's text-with its scope, synthesis of history and observation, précis of the ivory trade and conservation-is what distinguishes this book. He spins the history of elephant research into mini-mysteries of how scientists struggled to understand elephants' secretive behaviors. Why do male elephants vanish from time to time? Do elephants communicate infrasonically like blue whales? Peterson's awe and affection for the creatures is contagious-readers will be moved by his description of how females form life-long families (males are "isolated drifters") and occasionally speak in choruses, in the elephant equivalent of "we." The photographs and text complement each other beautifully in their respective odes to the "improbable" physicality of the elephant's body: the tusks, the trunk-an organ coordinated by 150,000 interlocking muscles used to suck water from parched riverbeds, console babies, communicate, grasp and convey emotion. A stunning testament to the "last of the giants standing, bereft, at the door of ancient time." (May)

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Most of us know elephants only from the circus and the zoo. Happily, there isn't a barking ringmaster to be found in Elephant Reflections, although some zebras, giraffes, and baboons make appearances. This breathtaking book of photographs by Karl Ammann shows African forest and savanna elephants as they live in nature -- playing, walking, eating, bathing, mating -- and the effect is mesmerizing. The collection includes instructive shots that illuminate elephant behavior as well as some more arty closeups, many of which make aesthetic studies of that improbably thick, wrinkly, cracked skin. In a gorgeous accompanying essay, Dale Peterson covers topics from elephant history to their habits and emotional ties (yes, they have them). He also writes passionately about the politics of the ivory trade and the conservation efforts it has stirred. Photographer Ammann contributes his own short piece, positing that the unregulated trade in elephant meat now drives more poaching in Central Africa than the trade in ivory. A perfect marriage of photograph and text (the two have collaborated once before, on Eating Apes), Elephant Reflections makes the case for safeguarding strange, intelligent creatures who, in Peterson's words, should challenge "our sense of entitlement and superiority, and who should, indeed, caution us, tell us to be careful, keep still, have respect." --Barbara Spindel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520253773
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 10.76 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Ammann has photographed wildlife throughout Africa,
India, and Southeast Asia. His remarkable work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photography, Natural History, African Geographic, and elsewhere. Dale Peterson is the author or editor of fifteen books, including the recent Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man. Ammann and Peterson's previous collaboration, Eating Apes (UC Press), was named a Best Book of the Year by The Economist and the Globe and Mail, and a Top Science Book of the Year by Discover magazine.

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Table of Contents

beginnings

texture

colors

perspectives

fragments

portraits

behaviors

associations

passages

Reflections on Elephants

Photographer’s Commentary
Notes on the Photographs
References
Acknowledgments

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    Elephant Reflection's

    Unbelievable photography. Beautiful. You can't help not to fall in love with these magnificent creatures. Elephant's are the best!!

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    Posted November 27, 2009

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