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Catherine Chalmers: Food Chain: Encounters between Mates, Predators, and Prey

Publisher: New York: Aperture, Inc., 2000
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0893818852
Condition: Near Fine / Near Fine
Item #: 111201



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Red cloth-covered boards with title stamped in gold on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Photographs by Catherine Chalmers. Essay by Gordon Grice. Interview with the artist by Michael L. Sand. Unpaginated (228 pp.), with four-color plates throughout. 7-7/8 x 11-1/2 inches.


Near Fine (top and bottom of spine slightly bumped, else Fine), in Near Fine dust jacket (slight bumps at top and bottom of spine, else Fine).


From the publisher: "In the series of photographs that gives the book its title, Chalmers vividly sketches the links between predator and prey, eater and eaten, from plant to insect to amphibian. Against a stark white background, caterpillars eat a tomato, a praying mantis eats a caterpillar, and a frog and a tarantula each eat a praying mantis. Another section, focused on 'pinkies' (the pet-trade name for baby mice), shows with chilling clarity that the laws of nature apply equally to mammals as to the so-called 'lower' life-forms. A series of photographs of praying mantises mating--during and after which the female devours the male--captures the metaphorical power and strange beauty of this infamous habit. The book includes an essay by the critically acclaimed nature writer Gordon Grice and a provocative interview with Chalmers by Aperture executive editor Michael L. Sand."