Witness: endangered species of North America

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Chronicle Books, Sep 1, 1994 - Nature - 255 pages
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Startlingly beautiful in its content and powerfully eloquent in its message, Witness captures 100 species of North American animals and plants on the brink of extinction in a series of stunning color and duotone portraits. By photographing each imperiled creature against a stark black or white backdrop, photographers Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager visually remove the habitat that would ensure its survival and bring the plight of the individual species -- whether a majestic Florida panther or a delicate Tennessee purple coneflower -- closer to home. A bibliography and an index, a resource giude to additional information sources, an eloquent introduction by E. O. Wilson, and an essay on the Endangered Species Act complete this formidable volume, making it not only an elegant and moving documentary, but a valuable tool in the fight for the preservation of diminishing habitats and the species that depend on them.

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Introduction EDWARD 0 WILSON
Species Portraits SUSAN MIDDLETON and DAVID L11TTS C H W A G E

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SUSAN MIDDLETON has been deeply involved in the documentation and portraiture of endangered animals, plants, sites, people, and cultures for the last 25 years. She chaired the California Academy of Sciences department of photography, and worked with Richard Avedon in 1985. Her photographs have appeared in books, journals, magazines, and exhibitions worldwide. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Middleton lives in San Francisco.

David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton are well known internationally for their arresting portraits of endangered North American plants and animals. They have published three books on the subject-Remains of a Rainbow; Witness; and Here Today (0-8118-0041-5; Chronicle, 1991), and their work was the subject of an Emmy Award-winning 1997 National Geographic television documentary, America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Goodbye. They have an active lecture schedule across the U.S. and their work has appeared in publications the world over and in many noted scientific works as well. Susan and David each live in San Francisco, California.

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