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Portraits of America's Endangered Species
Sartore, Joel (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When a few of these photographs first appeared in the National Geographic magazine January 2009 issue, they were hailed as an arresting reminder of the hundreds of species teetering on the brink of final extinction-more than 1,200 animals and plants in all. Now, in Rare, Joel Sartore and National Geographic present 80 iconic images, representing a lifelong commitment to the natural world and a three-year investigation into the Endangered Species Act and the creatures it exists to protect. This book will give readers not only a broader understanding of the history and purpose of the Endangered Species Act, but also an intimate look at the very species it seeks to preserve. With stunning up-close portraits on every page, this important volume evokes sympathetic wonder at the vast and amazing array of plants and animals still in need of protection. Itself a creation of particular beauty, Rare offers eloquent proof that a picture really is worth a thousand words as it shows us, one after another, scores of uniquely remarkable and seriously threatened life-forms. It is a compelling story and a many-faceted, brilliant jewel of a book.
Authors: Sartore, Joel
Title: Rare
portraits of America's endangered species
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2010
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,19 x 26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Joel Sartore
ISBN: 1426205759
9781426205750
Branch Call Number: 578.680973 S251r 2010
Subject Headings: Endangered species United States Pictorial works Endangered species United States
Topical Term: Endangered species
Endangered species
LCCN: 2009036059
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There are many books on rare and endangered animals, but it's the photography that makes this book stand out. All pictures have a background of solid black or white, which makes the photo all about the animal rather than the setting. Gorgeous.


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Nov 03, 2010
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I would like the photography better if it used natural backgrounds. However, I must admit that the black or white backgrounds do show off the animals better. Don't miss the comment on the fisher. Even my husband laughed about that one.

Aug 24, 2010
  • quagga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joel Sartore's gorgeous photographs of animals and plants celebrate the diversity of life on our planet. It is bittersweet to look at them, however, knowing that some are already extinct and many others soon will be. Sartore's subjects are (or were) recognized under the Endangered Species Act in the United States. Loss of habitat is the major threat for these species, so it is fitting that Sartore chose to use stark black or white backgrounds for the photos. This also contributes to the striking quality of the work. Some animals - like the St. Andrew beach mouse or the Santa Catalina Island fox - are innately cute, but a photographer who can also capture the beauty of beetles, snails and blind salamanders is truly a master.

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