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Photographer Spends Years Capturing Poignant Portraits of Animals on the Brink of Extinction

Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Red Crown Cranes, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Mandrill, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
berian Lynx, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Lemur Leaf Frog, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Giant Panda, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Giant Panda, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Ruma and Vali, Chimpanzees, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Hippopotamus, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Montipora Coral, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Ploughshare Tortises, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Monarch Butterflies, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Northern White Rhinoceros, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Pied Tamarin, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Indian Gharial, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Blue-Throated Macaw, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Hyacinth Macaw, © Tim Flach
Most Endangered Animals by Tim Flach
Axolotl, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
White-Bellied Pangolin, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Proboscis Monkey, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Snow Leopard, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Yellow-Eyed Tree Frog Eggs, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Sea Angels, © Tim Flach
Endangered Animal Photos by Tim Flach
Western Lowland Gorilla, © Tim Flach

Photographer Spends Years Capturing Poignant Portraits of Animals on the Brink of Extinction

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We know that the fate of endangered species is a global issue, but it remains an abstract concept to many of us. We aren’t confronted with the faces of these creatures on a daily basis; but thanks to the work of photographer Tim Flach, these mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds are shown in striking portraits that make it impossible for us to turn away. His poignant series (and book), aptly titled Endangered, features these creatures locking eyes with us—it’s much different than the typical pictures of animals where they are captured within their grandiose natural environment. Flach instead pits them against a stark backdrop and completely divorces them from their habitat.

The decision to visually remove some of the endangered creatures from their environment was deliberate. “The romanticizing, free, wild images [of animals] weren’t necessarily getting people to take action,” Flach told NPR.“I wanted to think about what kind of images people engage in and how you tell a story to get people to connect to [the animal].” The “mild anthropomorphizing” of animals is shown in research to make us feel a greater connection because the creatures have personalities we can relate to. “Images often done in a style and representation that was more like humans was more likely to make us care more.”

Although the up close endangered animal photos are striking, some of Flach’s images do pull away from the subject and examine the creatures within their environments. “It’s important for a book that has a lot of portraits to also [have] a sense of the habitat,” he explained. The species depend on us to help keep their homes safe; it’s not just for their well-being, but for ours, too. “We’ve got certain animals that turn the soil or forests that make fresh water. Our future depends on them. It’s pretty basic really.”

It took two years to document all of these animals. In 2017, Endangered was published by Abrams and is now available on Amazon.

H/T:mymodernmet

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  1. There are some exceptional images here, but perhaps on of the most impactful is the Giant panda gazing at the painting of its natural habitat on a cage wall. Very confronting! I was going to say that it is not a great photo, but it slaps you round the face. That does make it a truly great photo and I have learned a valuable lesson from it!

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