Home to perhaps the most diverse fauna on Earth, Africa is where you'll find majestic giraffes, impish chimpanzees and endearing cheetah cubs, just to mention a few. This collection of artistic duotone prints showcases a widely diverse animal kingdom. Enjoy a unique pictorial safari as you marvel at some of the planet's most remarkable creatures. Michael Poliza is a true adventurer. After successful careers in film and IT businesses, he became a pioneer in digital photography. His groundbreaking books of wildlife and landscape photography were hailed by the critics and readers alike and became instant bestsellers. Named as an ambassador of the WWF in 2009, Poliza's viewpoint is shaped by his concern for the fragile ecosystems he chronicles.
|Publisher:||teNeues Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||10.50(w) x 13.80(h) x 1.50(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I feel Poliza set the standard for big coffee table books of Africa wildlife with "Africa". That said, I was very excited about getting a copy of this book. Simply put, I was let down. Beautiful cover. Images are monotone on course art paper which is fine; however the compositions did not show the creativity he displayed in the prior book and his post processing really took the warmth and feel out of the images. If you want a monochromatic group of Africa images, I suggest you buy one of Nick Brandt's books. If you want great wildlife photography, by Poliza's "Africa". Classic Africa falls into a chasm in between.
Michael Poliza, German photographer of wildlife and landscapes, has created with the help of teNeues Publishing a rare treasure of a book. Simply titled CLASSIC AFRICA this book of photographs of the animals and landscapes of Africa is unlike any he has previously published. As he states in his Introduction titled 'I love Africa' he has taken his favorite photographs from 2002 to 2010, images originally captured in color, and altered those images to black and white by overexposing thee negatives and then manipulating them into duotone photographs. The results are inordinately artistic images of the many animals of Africa seen in detail an in near conversational positions as captured by Poliza both on land and by helicopter. The images are absolutely realistic but are so luminous that they appear like fine drypoint etchings. Poliza adds a few lines of commentary throughout the book, thoughts that he elects to share with the viewer, hoping that some of the love he has for these animals and this country will be evident. There are images of a jackal mother and her cubs, many 'landscape' surveys of elephants in the wild mixed with amazing details of their trunks, their eyes, lions preening and preying, birds of a spectrum not seen before in one book, hilarious chimpanzees, lord-like giraffes, and eloquent vistas of the land alone as well as the land with animals and birds and other wildlife living in tenuous harmony. The book as a book is an art piece: the cover of this very large and heavy book is made of rich brown suede with a single eloquent image of a leopard and the name of the book and the artist deeply embossed. This is as fine a book on animal imagery as is available. And Michael Poliza's reputation as a genius in wildlife photography is even further enhanced with this collection. His love for Africa could not be better expressed. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp