Frans Lanting, a Dutch American photographer, delivers yet
another extraordinary book drawn from time spent alongside African waterholes,
Antarctic beaches, and North Pacific islands, among other locales. Lanting
chronicles the lives of residents such as the aye-aye of Madagascar, the
elephant seal of California, and the caiman of Brazil. He favours an up-close
and personal approach to his work, and his aptly titled Eye to Eye, made
up of 140 colour plates, captures the essential qualities of various animals.
The subjects did not always appreciate posing for him; while making his
images Lanting was challenged by African elephants, sniffed at by lions,
and shunned by macaws.