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Category: Book
Foreword By: Earle, Sylvia A
By (author): Middleton, Susan
Subject:  PHOTOGRAPHY / General
  PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers / Monographs
  PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Published: October 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 12.25in x 10.32in x 1.12in
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From The Publisher*In Spineless, acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the mysterious and surprising world of marine invertebrates, which represent more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the ocean. They are also astonishingly diverse in their shapes, patterns, textures, and colors-in nature's fashion show, they are the haute couture of marine life.
This collection of more than 250 remarkable images is the result of seven years of painstaking fieldwork across the Pacific Ocean, using photographic techniques that Middleton developed to capture these extremely fragile creatures on camera. She also provides short essays that examine the place these invertebrates occupy on the tree of life, their vast array of forms, and their lives in the ocean. Scientist Bernadette Holthuis contributes profiles describing each species, many of them for the first time. Middleton's book is a stunning new view of nature that harmoniously combines art and science.
Review Quote*A gorgeous, light-drenched book that treats the senses. In one exquisitely-crafted portrait after another, accompanied by stirring prose, Middleton reminds us that we share the planet with equally fascinating neighbors, some of whom just happen to live beneath the waves.
Review Quote*"Susan Middleton, whose brilliant photography of wildlife is unexcelled, has brought to life and intimacy the small creatures who make up the foundation of animal life in marine waters."
Review Quote*"This is a wonderful tribute to the astonishingly diverse, beautiful, and urgently important creatures who truly rule the world."
Review Quote*"Gorgeous portraits."
Review Quote*"The marine invertebrates in her photographs are such beautiful, ethereal, otherworldly creatures, they almost appear to float atop the pages."
Review Quote*"Ravishing . . . rekindles a certain sense of wonder from childhood."
Review Quote*"Each image is rendered in exquisite detail. . . . As pure art it is a celebration for the eyes. As a tribute to nature's inventiveness, it is an inspiration for the soul."
Review Quote*"Nothing short of spectacular."
Review Quote*"Middleton is a gifted photographer."