Ra­di­ant: Farm An­i­mals Up Close and Per­sonal

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By Traer Scott, Prince­ton Ar­chi­tec­tural Press, £17.99, 128 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-161689-7154

IN THIS new book from pho­tog­ra­pher Traer Scott, we find our­selves pre­sented with an un­usual sub­ject. Por­traits of an­i­mals are not un­usual per se but these im­ages of­fer us an in­ti­mate in­sight into an­i­mals. Cows, pigs, chick­ens and sheep gaze into the cam­era lens; all of them are farm­yard an­i­mals. Any pho­tog­ra­phy book that deals with a sub­ject such as this will inevitably men­tion the ethics sur­round­ing the in­dus­trial scale of meat farm­ing, pro­vid­ing us with the food we con­sume daily. How­ever, Scott is keen to point out that this vol­ume is not con­cerned with tak­ing sides and in­stead she chooses to take an ob­jec­tive ap­proach to the sub­jects. Not all of the an­i­mals fea­tured are kept for slaugh­ter, some are kept as pets. ★★★★ ★ Oliver Atwell

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