ANDREW ZUCKERMAN FACED many challenges producing the sharp, luminous images for his stunning book Bird, not the least of them photographing an Andean condor in flight with its full 3.35m wingspan. But the real trick in photographing the 168 images across almost 300 pages was to produce what the New York-based photographer calls equivalence. “When you see something in the world and want to make art out of it, the challenge is to make something that is not a copy of the thing but something that evokes the same feeling as the thing,” he says. “This is especially challenging in photography since you’re making a direct representation of what’s in front of you.”
Shot against a white background, his bird images capture the most intricate, intimate details – from the tiniest feathers and the sharpest talons, to the hairy eyebrows of some of the subjects.
Zuckerman has been photographing things since before he can remember, but the logistics of this work had special difficulties. “It’s always a challenge to photograph subjects that do not listen to direction,” he notes drily. But he’s not put off: one of his next projects is a book of endangered species. Images from Bird by Andrew Zuckerman, published by Hachette Australia, $90.
African fish eagle, above left, and chestnut-mandibled toucan, right.