Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bear Portraits - Book Review

I recently had the opportunity to review the art book "Bear Portraits", by Jill Greenberg. Publisher Little and Brown.

A top celebrity portrait photographer, Jill Greenberg has a unique ability to coax powerful emotions out of her subjects -whether human or animal. Her portraits of bears, collected here for the first time, surprise and engage. We encounter cubs as cute as a child's Teddy, grizzlies that look like they might swallow you whole, and Polar bears seated in Sphinx-like tranquility.

Full-grown brown bears, grizzlies, black bears, Polar bears, and bear cubs are photographed on location against a portrait backdrop. The poses and facial expressions are at turns oddly comedic, pensive, terrifying, and sometimes unexpectedly human. Alive with Greenberg's signature lighting and seen through the unique perspective of her lens, these startling bear portraits bring us face to face with our fears and fantasies. (Description from Hachette Book Group).

This is a large (8" X 10"), hard cover art book. The pictures are amazing! All of us have enjoyed flipping through this book multiple times, admiring the pages. The pictures are close up and in full color. Also included are random quotes with a bear theme - my favorite? "I don't think my parents like me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib" - Woody Allen. "Bear Portraits" would be a perfect gift for any bear love on your holiday shopping list.

"Bear Portraits" has a jacket price of $26.99 and can be purchases online through Hachette Book Group or on Amazon for $17.81.

I received this book free to review. The opinion in this post is entirely my own.


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