Tim Flach, Sam Wells, Jonathan Baillie
In Endangered, the result of an extraordinary multiyear project to document the lives of threatened species, acclaimed photographer Tim Flach explores one of the most pressing issues of our time. Traveling around the world - to settings ranging from forest to savannah to the polar seas to the great coral reefs - Flach has constructed a powerful visual record of remarkable animals and ecosystems facing harsh challenges. Among them are primates coping with habitat loss, big cats in a losing battle with human settlements, elephants hunted for their ivory, and numerous bird species taken as pets. With eminent zoologist Jonathan Baillie providing insightful commentary on this ambitious project, Endangered unfolds as a series of vivid, interconnected stories that pose gripping moral dilemmas, unforgettably expressed by more than 180 of Flach's incredible images. "Tim Flach photographs wild animals with an almost human-like intimacy. His new book turns the lens on endangered species around the world in a series of heartbreakingly beautiful portraits." - - - Marie Claire "Photographer Tim Flach's latest book Endangered, with text by zoologist Jonathan Baillie, offers a powerful visual record of threatened animals and ecosystems facing the harshest of challenges." - - - The Guardian "The photograph is part of a collection of animal images depicting species on the brink of extinction featured in Flach's new book, Endangered. By capturing the personalities of the animals, Flach hopes readers will feel an emotional connection and be motivated to help protect them. The striking resemblance to a certain film character doesn't hurt either. We look at this animal, and we think: it looks like Yoda from Star Wars, says Flach." - - The New Scientist "Tim Flach's Monkey Eyes, taken in 2001, captures an inquisitive monkey looking down the lens of the camera. Flach's photography explores the impact that humans have had on the natural world." BBC News "Combining stylised, deeply emotional portraits of the animals with images taken in their natural habitat, the book aims directly for the heart, highlighting their vulnerability and all-too-delicate existence." - - BBC Focus "An incredible set of photographs highlighting the plight of endangered animals around the world" - - - Daily Mail "Can a shoebill be truculent? Could you empathise with a hippo? Photographer Tim Flach thinks so, and has taken pictures to prove it - images he hopes will help secure the future of these at-risk species." Telegraph Magazine "In the not too distant future, photographs like these could be the only way we have to see these animals. Each of the beautiful creatures pictured is threatened with extinction. Photographer Tim Flach travelled around the world to document them, hoping that by doing so he could prompt people to take action before it's too late. He's basically a modern day Noah, only instead of an ark he has a camera. All these photos, plus many more, are collected in his book Endangered." Metro "A BRIT photographer has created a series of animal portraits documenting animals which could soon become extinct. Tim Flach's heartbreaking set of images have now been published in the book Endangered, featuring more than 180 intimate photos" Sun Online "The photos highlight the natural beauty and majesty of the animals, but also make it sobering to think that they might not always be around." Buzzfeed "A London-based photographer has spent two years travelling to some of the most remote habitats in the world to capture the world's endangered species before they disappear for good. Tim Flach, who has published his stunning and deeply powerful images in his book Endangered, documents the challenges these animals face, all because of the human race. The project explores the plight of threatened species affected by deforestation, hunting and poaching" Indy100.com "A London-based photographer has spent two years travelling the world to capture the world's endangered animals before humans destroy them. Tim Flach has compiled the stunning images into a powerful collection called Endangered, which documents the challenges each animal faces as a result of human actions." UNILAD "Among the eight illustrated books that leapt out at me, Endangered won the long jump. On the cover, a crowned sifaka lemur tightly clutches its knees, citrine eyes staring with alien intensity. Inside is a virtuosic gallery of species at the edge: the bulbous topography of a hippo's face; Mexican free-tailed bats slicing up the sky; a long-range shot of a polar bear curled in snow, white on white. Complementing Tim Flach's hyper-stylised images are commentary by Jonathan Baillie, the National Geographic Society's chief scientist, and writer Sam Wells." - - Nature.com "Renowned British photographer Tim Flach spent several years travelling the world – from forest to savannah to the polar seas to the great coral reefs – to document the lives of threatened species. His new book, Endangered, includes more than 180 images of remarkable animals and ecosystems facing harsh challenges. Among them are primates coping with habitat loss, big cats in a losing battle with human settlements, elephants hunted for their ivory, and numerous bird species taken as pets. The book features both stylised animal portraits and images of animals in their natural habitat, in an attempt to trigger immediate emotional engagement and further concern about the importance of habitat. With eminent zoologist Jonathan Baillie providing insightful commentary on this ambitious project, Endangered unfolds as a series of vivid interconnected stories that pose gripping moral dilemmas." IBTimes "Tim Flach's new book is a dazzling series of images of endangered animals and natural habitats." Digital Camera "Scientific facts have been likened to words in a dictionary: on their own they are not very engaging, but once assembled into a story or a poem they can capture the imagination like never before – a role that Tim Flach's Endangered perfectly fulfils. . .As we have come to expect from Flach's work, the photographs are stunning. . . .The book is first and foremost a book of photography, but the message of the understated text is unequivocal, and brings the pictures to life." (British Institute of Professional Photography) magazine The Photographer "World-renowned wildlife photographer Tim Flach took this striking photo of snails bred at ZSL before their release. He has been working closely with our conservationists to highlight some of the world's most threatened species, many of which feature in his latest book, Endangered." Wild About Magazine Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Tim Flach's previous books from Abrams include Equus (2008), Dogs (2010), and More than Human (2012). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He lives and works in London. Dr. Jonathan Baillie is Conservation Programmes Director at the Zoological Society of London and an editor of the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals and the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: A Global Species Assessment.