Britta Jaschinski’s exquisite photographs owe their inspiration to portraiture rather than documentation, creating an atmosphere rather than making a statement. The animals in these photographs have a shadowy, almost enigmatic presence that excites our curiosity and draws us in. Our glimpses of them tend to be partial, fragmentary — from a furry hand gripping an iron bar to dolphins floating just below the surface of a pool. Polar bears stare from a rocky stage, a zebra stands stock still and quiet. All of them have a melancholy dignity, commanding a sense of respect in the viewer which is tinged with unease. Jaschinski’s involvement and empathy is evident throughout, but she never allows it to intrude; instead she has given us an arresting series of pictures and created a hauntingly beautiful book.
Date Published: 1996
Book Condition: Very good hardcover with some minor bumping to board corners in a good dust jacket showing wear and chipping to corners and edges, otherwise a clean and tight copy internally
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