Fantastic beasts and where to read about them: four photobooks for animal-lovers

Acclaimed photographers highlight the world’s vulnerable animals in these new tomes.

By Sarah Barrell
Published 14 Nov 2019, 07:00 GMT
Some of the world’s most vulnerable animals are beautifully captured in these new photobooks by acclaimed photographers: Animals; The Photo Ark: Vanishing; Remembering Lions; and Fragile.
Photograph by National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Acclaimed photojournalist Steve McCurry turns his attention to the complex relationship animals have with humans and the environment. These poetic, often almost surreal images run the gamut of camels caught in the crossfire of the Gulf War; a Pakistani herder lovingly tending to his goats; and a lone, wild horse in Afghanistan. This is a touching tribute to the creatures who share our planet. (Taschen, RRP: £50)

The Photo Ark: Vanishing 
Now in its 15th year, Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark aims to document all the species in human care. Vanishing focuses on endangered and extinct species, from the Sumatran rhinoceros to the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The animals featured are destined for extinction or extinct in the wild, yet remain alive thanks to the ongoing dedication of groups committed to their survival. All book proceeds fund Photo Ark. (National Geographic, RRP: £25)

Remembering Lions
Produced through a Kickstarter campaign, the fourth book in the Remembering Wildlife series features animal images donated by more than 70 of the world’s top wildlife photographers including Marsel van Oosten, Frans Lanting, Art Wolfe, Steve Winter and Michael Poliza. The book aims to highlight the plight facing lions, with 100% of its profits going to conservation charities.(Remembering Wildlife, RRP: £45)

“My goal is to raise awareness of the beauty and dreadful fragility of the natural world,” says photographer Pedro Jarque Krebs of his new photobook. The result is a collection of intimate images recall classical portraiture. Like Sartore’s work, all animals are set against a black background, although unlike Sartore, Krebs takes the shots outside and later adds the background. (teNeues, RRP: $65 [£50])

Published in the December 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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