Capturing Nature


In the mid-19th century, scientists around the world were quick to see photography's huge potential for capturing fleeting moments of life, death and discovery. At the Australian Museum, curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes began to experiment with the revolutionary new art form, preparing and staging their specimens - from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils - and documenting them in thousands of arresting images.

Capturing Nature reveals these ground breaking photographs for the first time, along with the museum's quest to become more scientific in its practices.

By Vanessa Finney

Pages: 199

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions & Weight: 265x205x20mm, 700g approx

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