Evolution
2013

Stern Portfolio No.74

In the history of photography there have been two ways of photographing animals, and two kinds of animal photographers.
There are the great wildlife photographers who battle through the wilds of Africa or Alaska or some dense jungle for months, coalescing with nature to show us animals as they live in the wild. These photographers are quiet, polite visitors to a world that can only prosper if we do not disturb it. The other kind of animal photographer puts animals on public display, as it were. Towering over the animals, they simply want to show us all the great things animals can do when we humans are their masters. Those millions of snapshots taken by dog or cat owners keen to demonstrate how nicely their little domestic friends can run or hop over stick or stone. And there is a similar phenomenon in professional photography where animals become fashion accessories – a leopard wearing a collar – or mere gags, like the snake wrapped around a model’s neck. I must admit I’ve never been interested in pictures like that because they display no interest in the animals themselves. But when I first saw Tim Flach’s photos on my desk, I knew I’d found somebody who understood how I feel. Flach’s photos show great respect for animals, nature and, if you like, creation in its entirety. I spent ages looking at those photographs and into the animals’ eyes, and tried to think as they would; I was amazed by the incredible design of snakes and jellyfish, laughed at the leather-caped fruit bats looking so expectantly into the night, and would have loved to have run my fingers through the owl’s wild plumage. And in that instant I’d forgotten all the other animal photographers who had never interested me anyway.

Germany
Stern Fotografie
teNeues

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More Than Human
2012

“What underlines my work in this project, are the questions about how we shape nature and how it shapes us”

Published in October 2012, this is Tim Flach’s third book.

By removing them from their natural environment and placing them in minimal studio–like settings, the images map over a style of human portraiture.
Tim’s aim was to “illuminate the relationship between human and non-human animals – to make an inquiry into how these relationships occupy anthroprocentric space.

More Than Human was published worldwide in October 2012 and is available from the following publishers.

USA & Canada
Abrams
amazon.com

UK, Ireland & South Africa
Abrams
amazon.co.uk

Germany
Knesebeck
amazon.de

Australia & New Zealand
Hachette
hachette.com.au

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Dogs Gods
2010

This is the tale of our oldest, most faithful friend, the species that
came in from the cold more than 15,000 years ago to keep us
company and share our food.

These incredibly adaptable animals extend our senses, make us more successful and happier, do our work in the country and the city; they are tough enough to haul us for days across icy wastelands and delicate enough to snooze gently in the warming of an elegant lap. They can entertain us, protect us, teach us how to love, do what they are told, and tell us what is going to happen next. They can even extend our lives. We think we train them to do the work but they have in turn found a way for us to provide for them. This great bond that has forged so many different forms of dog is the inspiration for this book. The result is an unprecedented insight and visualization of what dogs are and can be. Now new ways of living and new findings in research reveal our relationship with these much-loved creatures is even more intense and vital than we previously thought. In insightful stories and eye-opening images, Dogs Gods shows us that our great companions may not only be remarkable as dogs –they can also hold the key to new understandings of what it is to be human.

Dogs Gods was published worldwide in October 2010 and is available from the following publishers.

USA & Canada
Abrams
http://www.amazon.com

UK, Ireland & South Africa
Abrams
http://www.amazon.co.uk

Germany
Knesebeck
http://www.amazon.de

France
Editions de la Martinière
http://www.amazon.fr

China
China Photographic Publishing House
http://www.cpph.com

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Equus
2008

Equus: the family of animals that goes from Ass to Zebra, but is mostly Horses.

No animal has captured the human imagination quite like the horse, first depicted in cave drawings thousands of years ago through to countless renderings
in paint, clay, ink and film. My quest to
document the horse has resulted in EQUUS, my first book. Intended as an exploration of the species in its own right - captured as solitary subject and en masse; from the air and underwater - EQUUS celebrates the animal whose history is so powerfully linked to our own. From exquisite Arabians in the Royal Yards of the United Arab Emirates to Icelandic horses in their glacial habitat; from the soulful gaze of a single horse’s lash-lined eye to the thundering majesty of mustangs racing across the plains of Utah, EQUUS provides a unique insight into the physical dynamics and spirit of the horse.

EQUUS was published worldwide in October 2008 and is available from the following publishers.

USA & Canada
Abrams
amazon.com

UK, Ireland & South Africa
Abrams
amazon.co.uk

Germany
Knesebeck
amazon.de

France
Editions de la Martinière
amazon.fr

Italy
Contrasto
contrastobooks.com

China
China Photographic Publishing House
cpph.com

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