James and Other Apes.
Photographs by James Mollison. Text by Jane Goodall.
Chris Boot, London, 2006. 120 pp., 50 four-color illustrations, 9x6¾".
“James and Other Apes is a magnificent book that will introduce people to a new world, stimulate thinking, and help people to understand better our place in nature – in the scheme of things. For many it will be a humbling experience. We are different from other animals (as they are different from each other) but not as different as we thought.” - Jane Goodall (from her introduction).
Fifty great apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos, our closest biological relatives – are featured in this series of portraits by James Mollison. Photographed over a span of four years in seven ape sanctuaries, in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Germany and the USA, they are mainly orphans, victims of the illicit trade in ‘bushmeat’. Djeke, Fizi, Gregoire, James, Koto and the others are all photographed as unique individuals while representing species whose survival is under threat. With case note biographies, and introduced with a powerful and moving essay by Jane Goodall, this book celebrates the great apes. The faces that look back at us also raise profound moral and scientific questions – including what it means to define ourselves ‘human’.
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