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Monkey Portraits

by Jill Greenberg

      The old adage, one picture is worth a thousand words, is certainly applicable to Jill Greenberg’s Monkey Portraits. Other than a short forward and introduction, the book consists of page after page of brilliant photos of Monkeys. The reader (observer) has 75,000 worth of words, 75 beautiful photographs. Occasionally Greenberg will quote a well-know personality or include a proverb on monkeys. Two of my favorites are these: "Monkeys are superior to man in this: When a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey." - Malcom De Chazal and "In the eye of his mother, a monkey is a gazelle." From a Syrian proverb.

The photographic-minded will appreciate the superb artistry in the photos, but the real appeal of these images is in the expressions that Greenberg has captured. I showed the book to a friend and he immediately began to show a photo and then give a quasi quote from a local personality who will forever remain nameless.

Once the reader starts flipping through the book, he immediately sees human-like emotions exhibited.

The superb photographic excellence and the expressions exposed by the monkeys make for a stroll through the lives of monkeys.

The Book

Bulfinch Press
September 2006
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The Reviewer

Willie Elliott
Reviewed 2006
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