Virtual zoo

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Smithsonian Institution Press, Oct 1, 1998 - Computers - 46 pages
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Zebras in the California desert, polar bears on an island off the Irish coast, a crocodile in the Loire, a buffalo in a snowy Swiss forest. In Frank Horvat's computer-enhanced world, native habitats become irrelevant and animals appear in alien settings where they nevertheless seem to blend in comfortably: the contours of elephants' backs follow the contours of the hills behind them, the fanned wings of a flying heron are framed by fan-shaped jungle leaves. Taken in zoos and then digitally manipulated, the forty-six pictures in this collection explore the boundaries of photography, highlighting the subjectivity of a documentary medium. By graphically "releasing" a wide array of zoo animals - denizens of an already artificial environment - into ecosystems that are even more unfamiliar, Horvat's work also underscores human ability to engineer a new and unnatural global landscape.

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About the author (1998)

Horvat is the European editor of Photographers International.

Daniele Brolli is a writer, scenery designer, designer, essayist, translator, science fiction expert, publishing consultant, and editor for the Isaac Asimov Science Fiction Magazine.

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