Baobab (Hardback)
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Hardback 128 Pages / Published: 24/11/2021
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The baobabs of Madagascar and southern Africa are among the world's natural wonders: they can live more than 2,500 years, and their massive, water-storing trunks can reach a diameter of more than 35 feet. Baobabs also play an important role in human communities, serving as a renewable source of food, fiber, and fuel, as well as a focus of spiritual life. But now, suddenly, the largest baobabs are dying off, literally collapsing under their own weight. Scientists believe these ancient giants are being dehydrated by drought and higher temperatures, likely the result of climate change. Photographer Beth Moon - already responsible for some of the most indelible images of Africa's oldest and largest baobabs - began to hear of the rapid disappearance of these trees from her scientific contacts. She was driven to make a new photographic pilgrimage to bear witness to this environmental catastrophe and document the baobabs that still survive. In this volume - markedly oversize to match the majestic scale of her subjects - Moon presents 50 breathtaking new duotone tree portraits, primarily of the baobabs of Madagascar and Senegal. She also recounts her eventful journey to visit these fantastic trees in a moving diaristic text studded with colour travel photos. Baobab is not only a compelling photo book and travel narrative, but also a timely ecological warning.

Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
ISBN: 9780789214096
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 381 x 254 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Panoramic in proportions yet intimate in detail. . . [These] textured portraits glow with an inner luster, and Moon's accompanying journals express a sense of wonder mixed with melancholy; these giants. . . may not survive another thousand years." - Laurence A. Marschall, Natural History
"Baobab is photographer Beth Moon's tribute to the magnificent, threatened trees upon which cultures and ecosystems depend... In the face of such monumental losses, the photographs in Baobab amount to an 'act of defiance.'" - Rebecca Foster, Foreword Reviews
"In 2018, Bay Area photographer Beth Moon learned that Tsitakakoike, an enormous sacred baobab tree, had split and toppled in a forest in Madagascar. In short order, Ms. Moon flew to the African island nation and arranged to photograph some of its oldest baobabs, which are under siege from drought and climate change. The results can be seen in her new book "Baobab" (Abbeville Press)." - Peter Saenger, Wall Street Journal

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