In the two photography books, Creature and Bird, Andrew Zuckerman had animals actually pose for him, in his studio. There was a bear, an elephant and a lion, so we hope everybody is OK and with everything in expected places. Although this could have proven to be a less than convenient setting, to say the least, photography-wise, it was spot-on. A light, neutral, monochrome backdrop is perfect for portrait photography, as it allows the subject to maximally stand out. Enhance this rule with the backdrop being of reflected white light that adds so much to colors and textures of animal subjects, and you have what Andrew Zuckerman did – a spectacular series of hyperrealistic portraits that’ll make you never want to turn off the light again.


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