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The Mara

Art / Photobook

By: Anup Shah(Illustrator)

160 pages, 100 b/w photos

London Natural History Museum

Hardback | Mar 2017 | #229287 | ISBN-13: 9780565093945
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NHBS Price: £24.99 $32/€28 approx

About this book

This is the visual story of life in Maasai Mara, Kenya, wild home of African big game and one of the world's most famous wildlife reserves. Anup Shah's distinctive style of photography propels the reader into the middle of this evocative land and its resident animals, immediately and intimately. The Mara reveals a magnificent stage for the performance of life. The drama is driven by the rhythm of the seasons, from the start of new life at the end of the rainy season, through to the hardships endured during the long, dry season. The images capture anger, death, hope, arrivals, and departures, and provide a startlingly fresh and rarely seen view of life in this popular reserve. The images are accompanied by thought-provoking captions which describe the breathtaking land that Anup experienced first-hand during trips to the Mara between 2011 and 2015. Now the reader can experience the essence and wonder of Mara life with this astounding volume.

"Anup brings the wildlife into your living room."
– Lucy Davies, The Telegraph, August 2016

"A breathtaking, stunning series of photographs."
– Liz Connor, Evening Standard, August 2016

"You look at the pictures and hear the snorting of the nostrils, feel the trampling of the hooves, and hear the roar of the lions."
– Irmgard Hockreither, Stern, August 2016

"Anup knows and feels the land and its animals."
– Kir Hanser, Die Welt, August 2016

"Captures the immediacy and proximity of animals [...] creating a direct encounter between the viewer and the wild animals"
Photographie, August 2016

"Anup has succeeded in photographing the unmatched vitality of the animals."|
GEO, August 2016

"Unique duotone photographs."
– Hagenbeck, August 2016

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Anup Shah is an award-winning photographer who specializes in photographing wildlife. He is the author of four popular photographic books: Tales from Gombe, The Circle of Life, African Odyssey, and Serengeti Spy. He was featured in The World's Top Wildlife Photographers and in Horzu magazine as one of the five best wildlife photographers in the world. He has won a number of categories in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is one of the 10 "masters" in the Natural History Museum book The Masters of Nature Photography. He has also carried out numerous photographic assignments for National Geographic.

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