136 pages, 50 colour illustrations
Drawn from the archives of some of the world's finest museums, this collection of historic specimens, photographed for stereoscopic viewing, brings the natural world to life in thrilling and beautiful ways. Published in association with Hoop Editions.
Since collecting fossils as a child, photographer Jim Naughten has always been fascinated by the natural world. Now a renowned photographer, he has started to experiment with stereography and has turned to his boyhood interest, gaining access to some of the world's most prestigious natural history museums. This gorgeously produced book contains 50 images of marine life, reptiles, mammals, birds, and primates photographed expressly for viewing through a stereoscope, which is included with Animal Kingdom. Stereoscopy was invented in 1839 to study binocular vision. Having two eyes allows humans to determine distance and depth, and stereoscopy shows a left- and right-eye view from a slightly different angle, as we see things in day-to-day life. Looking through the viewer, readers will see the specimens as three-dimensional objects. As the images jump off the page, their incredible details become apparent – delicate bat wings, the spiraling skeleton of a python, the almost mythic form of a leafy sea dragon. Texts on the work, the history of stereoscopy, and the specimens themselves provide rich background to the project and Naughten's achievement in bringing to life a world that seamlessly melds the past and present.
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Jim Naughten's work has been featured in a number of exhibitions and his work is collected around the world. He has published four books, Haute Africa, Conflict and Costume, Afterwards, and Re Enactors. Martin Barnes is Senior Curator of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Ray Barnet is Head of Collections at Bristol Museum. Denis Pellerin is a photographic historian and member of the London Stereoscopic Company.