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Food Chain: Encounters Between Mates, Predators and Prey

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A fresh look at the laws of nature, in startling, beautiful, and at times unsettling detail.
Working with a menagerie of insects and animals she raises in her New York City studio, Catherine Chalmers makes images that ask us to examine the lives we ordinarily overlook. What we find is by turns surprising, humorous, and thought
In the series of photographs that g
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published April 26th 2000 by Aperture
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Nov 26, 2007 Joe rated it it was amazing
I must say this is a pretty cool book although not for the squeamish. Graphic full color photographs that read like crime scene photographs or stills from a horror movie.

There's the sexy display between two praying mantis before the male becomes a post-coitus snack. Another praying mantis dances merrily on the head of a fat shiny toad before meeting its inevitable end. Caterpillars greedily gorge themselves on tomatoes only to be sucked dry by more ever present praying mantis.

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Nov 20, 2015 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nicely done photography book exploring the relationship between predators and prey (tomatoes, caterpillars, praying mantises, tarantullas, frogs, and baby mice), all shot in shocking detail on bright white backgrounds. The frog and the praying mantis are particularly personable.
Food Chain is a series of photographs that illustrate the relationship between predator and prey. It starts innocently enough with insects eating plants and works its way up to snakes eating baby mice. It may sound gruesome, but it's compelling and beautiful, especially against the stark white background. The photographer raised all the animals herself (in her NYC apartment no less) and she comments on each of the photographs.
Jenny Schmenny
Aug 13, 2007 Jenny Schmenny rated it it was amazing
These studio portraits of various animals eating each other are awesome. The white backdrop renders scale irrelevant, and each set of interactions hangs dramatically without context. The postscript is great too, explaining how the relationship between predator and prey isn't as clear cut as one might think.

Not good for the squeamish. Great for us nerds.
Kathy (McDowell) Miller
Dec 10, 2011 Kathy (McDowell) Miller rated it it was amazing
Great book! The pictures are fantastic, albeit some are a little disturbing.
Mar 08, 2010 Haruna rated it did not like it
Shelves: loved-at-first
loved at first, but it dosen't inspire me anymore...
Feb 05, 2013 Fredrika rated it it was amazing
delightfully creepy.
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