Nature Photography, Gudzowaty’s Way

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Thanks to the New Yorker’s website for this brief review of the work of one of our favorite photographers:

Tomasz Gudzowaty’s Wildlife Sublime

By Carolyn Korman

Does wildlife photography make us feel closer to other animals or more distant? In Tomasz Gudzowaty’s remarkable new book, aptly named “Closer,” the answer seems, at first, to be the latter. His planet is unpeopled, savage, elemental. His wide-angle shots depict lands inhabited by vast congregations of beasts and birds. Their dense numbers, documented in ecstatic motion or meditative rest, suggest a monolithic force. But look a little longer at the Escherian picture of a herd of zebras. Amid the striped multitude, there is a mother and her colt, standing cheek to cheek, staring at the camera. They are stillness in chaos. They are familiar, unforgettable faces. (Gudzowaty has turned to human portraiture, too, in recent years.) They seem to be locking eyes with the photographer himself, which reminds us that, somehow, he’s there.

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