Author(s): Deborah Samuel
Deborah Samuel's photographs are meant to inspire and teach. In this book she turns her lens toward the bird and her images are as surprising as they are exquisite. From nest to egg to feather, these images are an exercise in seeing and a showcase of what photography can reveal: the impossibly soft feathers of ospreys; the iridescence of a bird-of-paradise; the curved, needle-like beak of a common scimitarbill; and the psychedelic hues of the aptly named resplendent quetzal. Samuel also photographs the nests and eggs of birds, showing us examples of incredible artistry and simple, natural perfection. Accompanying these images are detailed scientific descriptions of Samuel's subjects, written by Mark Peck, an ornithological expert at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. An index detailing each species-its common and scientific names, size, habitats and breeding practices-makes this more than a photography book, while the extraordinary images transform it into a sourcebook of colours, shapes and designs.
"August Top 5 Summer Pick: Fine art photographer Deborah Samuels captures the psychedelic hues of our feathered friends." PetSmart"
Deborah Samuel is a photographer whose work has appeared in magazines such as GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and Entertainment Weekly, in addition to having directed music videos. She now focuses on her own fine art projects exclusively and has published two previous books, Dog and Pup.