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In the Lion's Den

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The most extraordinary book on lions ever published, In the Lion's Den offers a rare glimpse into the world of the lion, whether at play, on the hunt, or simply dozing in the midday sun. In the tradition of his best-selling volume Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain, internationally acclaimed photographer Mitsuaki Iwago has turned his singular vision to the lions of one of the most admired regions in East Africa. Bringing to his photographs the sensibility of a painter, Iwago portrays these magnificent ...
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Overview

The most extraordinary book on lions ever published, In the Lion's Den offers a rare glimpse into the world of the lion, whether at play, on the hunt, or simply dozing in the midday sun. In the tradition of his best-selling volume Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain, internationally acclaimed photographer Mitsuaki Iwago has turned his singular vision to the lions of one of the most admired regions in East Africa. Bringing to his photographs the sensibility of a painter, Iwago portrays these magnificent cats in all their grace and ferocity, unguarded and up close. Two males fight fiercely over territory; young cubs nuzzle up to their mother; a pride devours freshly killed prey - over 100 breathtaking images offer a uniquely intimate view of lions in the splendors of their natural habitat.
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Iwago Mitsuaki Iwago's Kangaroos, Chronicle, 1994 uses photographs to tell of his visit to the African plain and his stay among the lions there. Clear and distinct photos describe the life history of the pride, including the hunt, usually undertaken by the pride's females. Other aspects of the lions' lives are shown as well: reproduction, litter care, training of the young, territory and pride protection by the male, feeding, and resting. The text is limited to a short introduction and single-sentence captions for each photograph. Through extended stays on the Serengeti, Iwago has concluded that, despite the appellation "king of the jungle," lions actually "live among a variety of savanna inhabitants and are merely links in an extremely complex chain of existence." No other book on the market closely parallels this one. Highly recommended for all general collections.Mary J. Nickum, Bozeman, Mont.
Ray Olson
Human fascination with lions is long-standing and won't diminish as long as photographers keep making images of them as powerful, memorable, and beautiful as Iwago's. There is almost nothing between these covers that is not image; the introduction is barely more than four pages, the captions never exceed three lines, and the typefaces of both are small (sharp, though). No one should complain, even though the subject matter--hunting, feeding, mating, playing, resting, and showing off those marvelous fangs--is familiar past the point of mere cliche. There are some surprises: a male killing another in a fight, some females contentedly mudbathing, wide-eyed lions being very careful around some elephants. Again and again, Iwago provides an especially fine image, sometimes because of framing and composition, sometimes because of an animal's expression, most strikingly because of his practice of infusing the expected golden tones of a picture with violet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811812290
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 118
  • Product dimensions: 10.54 (w) x 9.84 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitsuaki Iwago is the Tokyo-based author/photographer of Serengeti: Natural Order on the African Plain (Chronicle Books). His work has also appeared in numerous magazines, among them, National Geographic and Life.

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