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In this follow-up to We Animals, Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur explores zoos and aquaria, and how “we” animals interact with “those” animals. In over one hundred photographs, Captive reveals the lives of animals in zoos and aquaria around the world. McArthur photographed animals in these situations for over a decade, and the book will include images from over 2 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by Lantern Publishing Media
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I looked at these photos and felt WTF?! WTF, how can anyone think that this is all right? How can we do this to animals? How?
Aug 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Although I may not agree with the author's views or agenda, I nevertheless believe that it is incumbent upon me to read the writings of those with whom I disagree and try to understand and comprehend them and even learn from them. Therefore, I started this book with an open mind. However, the bias of the author and the grimness with which she painted zoos and aquaria through her words and photos left me flabbergasted having not only visited some of the same institutions that the author so hardil ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the poignancy of We Animals by the same author- Jo-Anne McArthur- I knew that I'd be in for a traumatic ride... I was right.

This had a very different feel to We Animals, though. This had a real feeling of desperation, urgency, loneliness, humiliation, objectification, melancholy and above all, exploitation.

In my pre vegan days, I was a voluntary assistant zoo keeper. I was never forced to confront the darker side of captivity because I believe this is hidden from just about everybody, in
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May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm the publisher of this book, and I thought I'd offer a few thoughts on its publication. I published WE ANIMALS (now available in paperback with 16 pages of new photographs) and was blown away by the emotional punch, compositional skill, and terrible beauty of Jo's photos of animals in the human environment. CAPTIVE, which was a labor of love for all concerned, requiring almost a year of intensive work from concept to delivery, is a breathtaking and deeply caring examination of animals in zoos ...more
This is the second book by Jo-Anne McArthur, a book of her photography just as jarring and beautiful as the first. While her first book, We Animals, focused on animals around the world in various places from factory farms to farm sanctuaries, Captive focuses strictly on animals held in zoos.

Her photos offer a different view than zoos typically allow us to see, or, in the words of McArthur, distract us from seeing. Many of us have been raised to view a trip to the zoo as a fun afternoon out inst
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A powerful collection of photos that show the lives of animals kept captive in zoos and aquaria.

Pairs well with: We Animals, by Jo-Anne McArthur, images of animals in labs, slaughterhouses, fur farms and zoos.


"It can be unbearable to watch an animal circling, or simply doing nothing, for a few minutes. I challenge you to stay with that animal all day and not leave sensitized to the depravity of captivity. Imagine living for twenty, fifty or even seventy years in a cage. No arguments for
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tremendously emotionally brave. Documents some of humanity's greatest crimes.
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Based in Toronto, Canada, Jo-Anne McArthur is a photojournalist who brings a compassionate eye and a natural ability to her work. Though Jo-Anne shoots portrait, editorial, food and event photography in Toronto and the surrounding area, she also spends 4 - 6 months of each year abroad working on her documentary project We Animals. She is curious, open, and engaged, and approaches each project and ...more

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