The Story of the Humpback Whale
The biologist Dr Phil Clapham draws on over 30 years of working with humpback whales to describe the lifecycle and migrations of these charismatic animals, their spectacular acrobatics and speculations as to their intelligence. He also tells the story of the ‘merciless pursuit’ by the whaling industry and the humpback’s recovery since the 1973 ban on killing whales. Clapham’s text is accompanied by extraordinary photographs, the result of Colin Baxter’s dedicated whale-watching, from Alaska to Australia.
65 Years of Fighting for Freedom
Founded in Paris after the Second World War, the photographers’ collective Magnum has boasted some of the world’s leading photojournalists among its number ever since. With accompanying historical commentary and an introduction by New Yorker journalist Jon Lee Anderson, this book presents the images of 42 of Magnum's celebrated members, including Josef Koudelka and René Burri, recording the drama of 30 popular revolutions, from Hungary and Cuba in the 1950s to the Arab Spring of 2011.
Across the Arctic Ocean
Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey
In 1968, Wally Herbert and three companions set out from Alaska to walk across the North Pole to Spitzbergen. Illustrated with unpublished photographs, his own account of the trek across the frozen Arctic Ocean is supplemented by personal reflections from his daughter Kari, Ranulph Fiennes, Victor Boyarsky and other polar explorers. The result is a record of an epic journey that, as our ice caps melt, is unlikely ever to be repeated.
Secret Moments of Maikos
The Grace, Beauty and Mystery of Apprentice Geishas
Apprentice Japanese geishas are known as maikos and undergo a rigorous training in the traditional arts of music and dance and the wearing of strictly codified costume and make-up. This photo-essay allows a rare glimpse into the closeted world of the trainees in their traditional house in the Gion quarter of Kyoto.
One of the first female members of the Magnum Photos agency, Inge Morath was at her most prolific during the 1950s and 1960s, travelling widely for magazines such as Life, Vogue and Paris Match. This collection of her work focuses on the style and fashion of the period in England, France and America, and ranges from street scenes and society parties to portraits of famous models, couturiers and actresses.
Britain in Pictures
Milestones in aviation have always provided a good story and a good photograph, from the daredevil pioneers of powered flight and airship disasters of the early 20th century to the first flight of Concorde in 1969 and Richard Branson's contemporary space plane programme. This selection of 300 images from the Press Association archive mixes war aces, record-breakers and flying firsts to tell the story of aviation.
Return to Fukushima
On 3 March 2011, a powerful earthquake shook northern Japan, killing more than 15,000 people and triggering a tsunami that sent the Fukushima nuclear plant into meltdown. Five years later, survivors were allowed to revisit the evacuated town of Tomioka. Rebecca Bathory accompanied them into the exclusion zone. Her photographs of abandoned streets and schoolrooms vividly convey the human cost of the disaster, and offer a stark warning for the future.
Against the Tommies
History of 26 Reserve Division 1914–1918
In 1920, the German 26th Reserve Division produced a commemorative record of its service during the First World War, which included many photographs taken by the men of the division (German soldiers not being subject to the same restrictions on keeping diaries and taking photos as the British). This book reproduces the best of the collection, providing a valuable German perspective on life in the trenches, in the towns behind the lines and on battlefields including the Somme and Arras.
Land of Pure Vision
The Sacred Geography of Tibet and the Himalaya
The spiritual traditions of Buddhism are imprinted on the landscape of the Himalayas like a cosmographical map. Drawing on 35 years’ experience as a geographer and photographer, David Zurick explores this sacred landscape in a sequence of 100 beautiful black-and-white photographs of its holy places, from the high plateaus of the western Himalaya to the rugged gorges of Tibet’s eastern borderlands. Some are natural – springs, caves, forest groves – others man-made, such as temples and monasteries, but all exude a transcendent calm. Foreword by Éric Valli.
Tales from Gombe
Made famous by the long-term studies conducted by Jane Goodall, the chimpanzees of the Gombe National Park by Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania have revealed previously unknown behaviours, such as the use of tools and meat-eating, and have shown that the apes have complex social relationships and individual personalities. This large-format photographic study captures the chimps over a period of more than ten years and contains notes on the history of the community and the lineages of its prominent dynasties.
Elliott Erwitt's Paris
Born in Paris in 1928, Elliott Erwitt grew up in Milan, and emigrated to New York in 1938, but he was a frequent visitor to his birthplace and photographed the city with a rare visual wit, producing what Adam Gopnik describes as ‘the artful, ballet-based comedy of a Jacques Tati’. This volume of 170 photographs taken between 1949 and 2009 shows us Erwitt’s Paris and his favourite Parisians: walkers, waiters, museum-goers, lovers and dogs.
The Crossing of Antarctica
Original Photographs from the Epic Journey that Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream
The first successful crossing of the Antarctic continent was completed in 1957–58 by a British and Commonwealth expedition led by Vivian Fuchs and Edmund Hillary. Like Shackleton's journey four decades earlier, the mission produced spectacular photographs, this time by George Lowe, recording the men and their 'sno-cat' vehicles in the icy landscape. Led by these images, some in colour, this book tells the story of the expedition, with contributions and reflections on Antarctica by leading polar experts including Ranulph Fiennes.
The Conquest of Everest
Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent
On May 29 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Everest: it was the first ascent of the mountain. Published in 2013 to mark the 60th anniversary of that achievement, this volume presents the astonishing photographs taken by George Lowe, one of Hillary’s climbing team in 1953 and an experienced photographer. The book contains over 160 photographs, of Everest and other peaks, along with written contributions from fellow climbers and a foreword by Hillary, written in 2007.
A Distant War
Robert Nickelsberg accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 1988 and has been photographing in the troubled country for publications including Time magazine and Newsweek ever since. Illuminating the destruction, poverty and oppression of the continual conflict, this volume presents 100 of his images, from the withdrawal of Soviet troops to the departure of the Americans in 2014. The photographs are accompanied by essays by leading journalists and experts on Afghanistan.
A Photographic Journal of Travels Through China 1894–1896
One of the most accomplished explorers and travel writers of the Victorian era, Isabella Bird (1831–1904) was a late convert to photography. In the 1890s she made three journeys to China, including 'some very serious travel' in remote and uncharted areas, and created an extensive photographic record of each arduous trek. This volume presents 180 reproductions of her 'Chinese pictures' (gelatin silver prints) along with captions taken from her books of 1898–1900 and a biographical essay.
Between the wars Pierre Yves Petit, known professionally as Yvon, produced some of the most hauntingly evocative photographs of Paris ever created. Shunning the bright light of noon, he captured the quais, the alleys, the bookstalls and the down-and-outs beneath the looming bulk of Notre Dame in the mist of dawn or dusk. Originally printed as postcards, more than 60 of these images are reproduced here at the scale and in the detail they deserve.