Swift As A Shadow

Swift As A Shadow

by Rosamond Wolff Purcell
     
 
"In the early nineteenth century there were so many passenger pigeons that the sky darkened when they flew overhead; it took three days for flocks to pass. They were killed by hunters or disappeared when their oak and beech habitats were destroyed. The last bird, named Martha (only the last of any species seems to merit a human name), died in the Cincinnati Zoo in

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"In the early nineteenth century there were so many passenger pigeons that the sky darkened when they flew overhead; it took three days for flocks to pass. They were killed by hunters or disappeared when their oak and beech habitats were destroyed. The last bird, named Martha (only the last of any species seems to merit a human name), died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1905." Here, in photographs and words, are stirring reminders of wild beauty that is no more, as well as profiles of species whose survival is in peril. Rosamond Purcell's seventy spectacular color photographs--taken primarily at the Natural History Museum in Leiden, Holland, which holds the world's most extensive collection of lost species--tell a haunting and foreboding tale.

Editorial Reviews

Star Tribune
Purcell captures brilliantly the plumage of some creatures that will never take flight again...
Village Voice
Purcell, ever seeking oddness, turns her lens upon the Blue Antelope, the Pig-Footed Bandicoot, and other extinct and endangered animals preserved in the Natural History Museum of the Netherlands. Her photographs capture their haunting beauty and intense, glassy-eyed stares. Museum curators provide brief histories of each species' demise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395892282
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/17/1999
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Rosamond Purcell, the acclaimed author and photographer of the recently published Special Cases and Swift As A Shadow, has lent her unique photographs to books by Stephen Jay Gould and F. Gonzalez-Crussi. A regular contributor to The Sciences, her photographs have also appeared in Ms., Smithsonian, The Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Magazine, Omni, and many international publications. She lives in Massachusetts.

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