A visual overview of the history and future of animal photography, Why We Photograph Animals encourages us to think and rethink the way we have looked at—and used—animals and to consider our future relationships with nonhuman species.
Multistranded, this book features the work of more than one hundred photographers supported by thematic essays that provide historical context; interviews with and contributions by leading contemporary photographers that explore their influences, methods, and motivations; and dazzling visual collections that present the very best animal photography from its inception to the present day.
The result is a book that will engage those with an interest in wildlife photography and the natural world, but also those with a concern for the future of the planet. Huw Lewis-Jones’s expert authorship and curation celebrates extraordinary images by brilliant photographers, but also allows us to understand why people have photographed animals at different points in history and what it means in the present.
Why We Photograph Animals is deliberately not a conventional history of wildlife photography. It’s an exploration of the animal in photography. It speaks to our ongoing desire to look at animals; to understand, misunderstand, and appreciate them; to use and abuse them; to neglect or come to value and protect them.
Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration, photography, and the environment, with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is an award-winning author and photo editor whose books include Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands, Explorers' Sketchbooks, Imagining the Arctic, Face to Face: Ocean Portraits, The Writer's Map, The Conquest of Everest, and The Sea Journal.