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For more than ten years, wildlife photographer Steve Bloom traveled all over the world, roaming through the jungles of Borneo, the African savannahs, and the frozen banks of Antarctica to assemble this dazzling collection of photographs of animals in their natural environments. With an international range that is rare in books of animal photography, the 200 photographs in Untamed (2004) bring to life a vast panorama of animal diversity and the landscapes, climates, and habitats in which these creatures live.

Now this terrific survey of Bloom's animal photography is available in a smaller, giftable format. Once again, the reader is treated to the serene gaze of a gorilla relaxing in the trees, a shark jumping in midair to catch its prey, a Siberian tiger traipsing through the snow in search of food, and penguins congregating on an ice floe. Bloom's anthropomorphic approach reveals rage, tenderness, and even humor in his subjects, capturing those fleeting moments when the gap between animal and human seems to disappear altogether. These amazing images, augmented by a personal account of Bloom's unforgettable career as a wildlife photographer, make this reissue of Untamed an excellent gift for all animal and photography.

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In this extraordinary collection of full-color images, wildlife photographer Bloom (In Praise of Primates) surveys a dazzling diversity of fauna and landscapes from all six continents, with extended photo essays on such endearing species as dolphins, polar bears, elephants and parrots. Bloom combines the obsessive patience of the nature photographer (he lurked in a boat for 17 days to capture a single picture of a great white shark leaping from the water in pursuit of a seal) with a painterly feel for color, texture and composition. Images include a swirling, impressionistic photo of a sprinting cheetah; a starkly lit, hyper-real shot of two bald eagles locked in midair combat; a misty, chiaroscuro view of a giraffe browsing at dusk; a grim picture of lions playfully savaging a helpless young hippo; a character study of Japanese macaques, their florid faces and shrewd, searching gazes giving them a startlingly human visage; and a haunting existentialist tableau of a solitary penguin seated on an ice floe, looking out at the bleak Antarctic seascape. Bloom appends a few words decrying the environmental despoliation that is destroying nature faster than he can photograph it, but these ravishing pictures are the best conservationist argument he could possibly muster. (Nov. 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810972377
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Bloom is an award-winning wildlife photographer who founded his own wildlife stock photo agency and fine print gallery in the mid-1990s. He was a contributor to Abrams’ One Planet: A Celebration of Biodiversity.

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