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Witness: Endangered Species of North America

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Startlingly beautiful in its content and powerfully eloquent in its message, Witness captures 100 species of North American animals and plants on the brink of extinction in a series of stunning color and duotone portraits. By photographing each imperiled creature against a stark black or white backdrop, photographers Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager visually remove the habitat that would ensure its survival and bring the plight of the individual species — whether a majestic Florida panther or a delicate ...

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Overview

Startlingly beautiful in its content and powerfully eloquent in its message, Witness captures 100 species of North American animals and plants on the brink of extinction in a series of stunning color and duotone portraits. By photographing each imperiled creature against a stark black or white backdrop, photographers Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager visually remove the habitat that would ensure its survival and bring the plight of the individual species — whether a majestic Florida panther or a delicate Tennessee purple coneflower — closer to home. A bibliography and an index, a resource giude to additional information sources, an eloquent introduction by E. O. Wilson, and an essay on the Endangered Species Act complete this formidable volume, making it not only an elegant and moving documentary, but a valuable tool in the fight for the preservation of diminishing habitats and the species that depend on them.

Startlingly beautiful in its content and powerfully eloquent in its message, Witness captures 100 species of North American animals and plants on the brink of extinction in a series of 200 stunning color and duotone portraits.

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This eloquent and stirring book of photographs is an oasis for anyone who cares deeply about nature. The animals leap out of their two-dimensional frames; they are radiant with life. Diane Ackerman
Library Journal
Middleton and Liittschwager (Here Today: Portraits of Our Vanishing Species, Chronicle, 1991) have photographed 100 of the plants and animals currently on North America's Endangered Species list. Some of the subjects are eminently charismatic: the Florida panther, red wolf, grizzly bear, and manatee. Others, such as the Furbish lousewort and the American burying beetle, probably would not elicit much of an emotional response from most people. But the authors have lavished as much care and attention on the pictures of the lowliest plants as on the majestic eagle, thus sending the message that each endangered species is unique, exquisite, and precious in the web of life. Each stunning photo is accompanied by brief text explaining the natural history of the species. Recommended for public libraries and photography collections.-Lynn C. Badger, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville
Booknews
For these extraordinary color and b&w portraits of 100 animals and plants, Middleton and Liittschwager--both of whom studied with Richard Avedon--spent two years on the road, sponsored by their publisher and the California Academy of Sciences (whose personnel supplied the descriptive text for each species pictured). Insects, arachnids, crustaceans, mussels, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, ands plants have been photographed as if in a studio, with plain black or white backgrounds and no other context--exposed, vulnerable, without context, and in stunning display of their features and form. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811802581
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Liittschwager has worked with Richard Avedon and Mary Ellen Mark and collaborated on the Endangered Species Project. They are the authors of Here Today: Portraits of Our Vanishing Species (Chronicle Books, 1991).

Susan Middleton is chair of the photography department at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Audubon, Natural History, and Smithsonian.

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