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JUNGLES
Frans Lanting

January 20 - April 29, 2005
Exhibition Opening Reception: January 20 at 5:30pm (Building 530, Room 202)
Artist Lecture: January 20 at 7:00pm (J.M. Goddard Center)


Frans Lanting
Red-Eyed Green Tree Frog, Panama

“While the essence of photography is to show, jungles hide, or at best, suggest. So I opted to show impressions of jungles to evoke a sense of their kaleidoscopic nature--the glimpses of faces that melt into shadows, the bursts of color and shimmering light.
–Frans Lanting

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

"Jungles" is a personal exploration of nature in the tropics by master photographer, storyteller, and naturalist Frans Lanting. In a unique collection of images made over a period of 20 years in jungles from the lowlands of the Congo to the cloud forests of the Andes, Lanting interprets the aesthetic splendor and the remarkable natural history of the tropical rainforest - a realm of bewildering complexity where nothing is the way it first appears. This exhibit features more than 40 photographs presented in a unique installation format.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

FRANS LANTING has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1951, he earned a master's degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing wildlife--and never turned back.

For more than two decades he has documented wildlife and our relationship with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica. He portrays wild creatures as ambassadors for the preservation of complete ecosystems, and his acclaimed publications have increased worldwide awareness of endangered ecological treasures in far corners of the earth.

Lanting's work has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, and in 2001 he was named a Contributing Photographer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. His assignments have taken him to all seven continents. He returned from the rain forests of the Congo Basin with exclusive photographic coverage of the fabled bonobo, or pygmy chimpanzee. In a remote part of the Amazon Basin, he spent weeks on platform towers high above the forest floor to obtain rare tree-canopy views of wild macaws.

He did pioneering work in Madagascar, where he documented wildlife and tribal traditions never photographed before. Images from his year-long odyssey to assess global biodiversity at the turn of the millennium filled much of the February 1999 issue of National Geographic.

Lanting's current work includes a series of profiles of global ecological hot spots, a theme that lies at the heart of his work.Lanting has received numerous prestigious awards. In 2001 H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands' highest conservation honor. He has received top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award.
        Frans Lanting
Heliconia Blossom, Brazil

His books include Jungles (2000), Penguin (1999), Living Planet (1999), Eye to Eye (1997), Bonobo, The Forgotten Ape (1997), Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (1993), Forgotten Edens (1993), and Madagascar, A World Out of Time (1990). Exhibits of his photographs have been shown at major museums in Paris, Milan, Tokyo, New York, Mexico City, Madrid, and Amsterdam.

During my youth in Holland I read a children’s book that made a deep impression on me. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, written by the Nobel Prize-winning Swedish author Selma Lagerlööf in 1907 (last published in 1992 by Buccaneer Books), tells the story of a boy who shrinks to the size of an elf, climbs on the back of a barnyard goose, and joins a flock of wild geese migrating north. For a year Nils travels with the geese, who introduce him to Eagle, Raven, Bear, and other animals. He learns to see the world through their eyes. But when Nils finally returns to his family’s farm and regains his former size, he loses his standing among the animals. The geese, suddenly afraid of their companion, take off--but not until after they plead with him to become an advocate for their needs.

As sentimental as it may be, this children’s story has resonated with me, and even today it reflects some of my basic beliefs and aspirations as a naturalist....Like the boy in the Swedish story, I hope my experiences can be a bridge between the animal world and the millions of people who will never crouch before an elephant or hunt with lions in the African night
.” –Frans Lanting

For more information about Frans Lanting, see his website at www.lanting.com.
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Scarlet Macaw, Peru Lowland Rainforest, Borneo Rafflesia Flower, Borneo

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