Tender Killers

Arthus-Bertrand, Author, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Author, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, Author Vendome Press $27.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-86565-054-1
Four species of the wildcheetah, gnu, lion and hyenaare shown here in striking color photos taken in Kenya by Arthus-Bertrand, who formerly was director of a game reserve. He spent three years photographing these animals, and his work shows an understanding of the violence and tenderness inherent in nature (hence the title). In one shot, a lioness is suckling her cub, and in the next, she kills a gnu in a suffocating ""kiss of death.'' Hyenas frolic in the water, then the same animals are shown disemboweling a buffalo. Gnu are photographed in their bi-annual migration during which a stampede across a river inevitably tramples to death tens of thousands of them. A cheetah gives chase to an antelope, catches, and kills it, in a succession of photos. Although the violence here will surely disquiet many readers, Arthus-Bertrand's pictures are an accurate portrayal of life and death in the wild. November
Reviewed on: 08/01/1970
Release date: 08/01/1958
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