Philip Plisson, the well-known French marine photographer, has turned his attention to his passion, the oceans of the world. Plisson's remarkable photographs glorify humankind's obsession with conquering the seas. His images capture the ocean's drama and power, and provide glimpses of life in seaside communities. The book also addresses the current environmental dangers that threaten the fragile ecological balance of the planet's waters. A book for photography lovers, undersea adventurers, and those concerned with the future of the earth, this breathtaking volume celebrates, in 400 of Plisson's most evocative images, our never-ending fascination with the world's oceans and seas.
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Philip Plisson is a highly acclaimed French marine photographer. In 1991 he was appointed to the post of Peintre de la Marine, official artist to the French Navy. In his distinguished career he has taken more than 200,000 images, published twenty-six books, and won numerous awards.
About 70 percent of the planet is covered by oceans, and Frenchmarine photographer Plisson here offers arresting images of these vastbodies of water in all their incarnations. In his preface, PrixGoncourt-winning writer Yann Queffélec recalls the sea's "perpetual,static velocity," and these overwhelming photographs-400 in all-are atestament to that paradox. Some portray human interaction with theocean: fisherman casting their lines from a craggy jetty; wavescrashing over a railing, soaking onlookers; hundreds ofpleasure-seekers wading into the water's edge on a summer day. Othersdepict the sea's vast and mottled surface, with nary a ship insight. The book's design, which positions all the captions at the end,allows readers to be swept up by the remarkable images. Some photosare panoramas, spanning four fold-out pages. From Portugal toPolynesia, Plisson succeeds in documenting the sea's tremendouspresence.
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