A book dedicated to extinct animals and filled with old black-and-white photographs was always going to rate highly in the poignancy stakes, Paul Orange writes.
Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record
There is something very evocative about old black-and-white photographs, so a book dedicated to dead animals and filled with such images is always going to rate highly in the poignancy stakes. Even the animals seem sad. Perhaps they were: is there any more moving an image than that of the Tasmanian tiger in the Hobart Zoo? Despite the subject, this is a beautiful book and will hopefully raise awareness of the plight of much of our remaining wildlife. Not all the photographs are black and white - some are in colour and record more recent extinctions. In the future will we be looking at similar books filled with digital photographs of extinct animals?