Eye to Eye, the first personal portfolio by master photographer Frans Lanting, presents an extraordinary collection of wildlife photography by the award-winning photographer and naturalist who has set the standards for a whole generation of wildlife photographers. More than 140 photographs captured over 20 years reveal Lanting’s unique personal aesthetic, as well as the startling new perspective on animals his images provoke.
This book’s exquisite images are accompanied bypersonal stories and observationsfrom a lifetime of working with wild animals around the world, from orangutans in the rainforests of Borneo to emperor penguins in Antarctica. More than 70 species are represented in this astonishing portrait gallery celebrating the diversity of life on earth. Lanting’s work has been lauded by designers as art, by biologists as science, and by others as a new vision of the relationship between animals and people—one that challenges us to look animals in the eye and see ourselves.
Lanting himself does not seek in these encounters the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers. Rather, he states, “the perfection I seek in my photographic compositions is ameans to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.”