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- by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers
- 324 pages
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- Up close and personalReview by Laura
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Except this is not just a coffee table book – and was never intended as one either.
This, without a shadow of doubt, is a labour of love by husband-and-wife photographic talent team of Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers. For over ten years they have travelled to Gombe National Park to spend time with the resident chimpanzees, first introduced to the world by Jane Goodall. This book is testament to the amount of time spent in the rainforest in the company of our closest cousin - but testament also to the acceptance of the authors by the chimps; intimate portraits such as these come after hours of sitting, waiting, watching, learning, understanding and, ultimately, loving the subjects. And if the images alone don’t melt your heart, then reading the accompanying text will surely make you feel familiar with the faces before too long – endearing stories of their family alliances, passion, suffering, politics, plots – a real-life soap opera, indeed over ten years worth, presented in one epic volume.
Looking through the stunning photos, so many relaxed portraits of thoughtful-looking adult chimps, I would love to know what the chimps of Gombe feel about the authors – after all, they are so strikingly similar to us, who is to say they don’t remember the first time they saw the authors sitting amongst the vegetation, quietly watching? It is obvious that Shah and Rogers have huge affection and respect for their subjects – and the chimps must recognise them each time and quickly relax into their daily lives that are recorded in such beautiful detail in pictures and in words.
(Posted on 29/10/2014)