Captive - pictures and texts about life and suffering of non-human animals in "human" environments.
In recent years, the role of zoos and aquaria as centres for conservation, education, and entertainment has been placed under scrutiny. From the controversy surrounding the confinement of orcas at SeaWorld to the killing of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo or of the giraffe Marius at the Copenhagen Zoo, questions have been asked about the place, if any, of zoos and aquaria in a world where so many animals need resources and protection in the wild and many other means of learning about the natural world exist.
For more than a decade, Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has turned her forensic and sympathetic camera on those animals whom we've placed in zoos and we animals who look at them. As with her first book, We Animals, McArthur's aim is to invite us to reflect on how we observe or ignore one another through the bars, across the moat, or on either side of the glass. Captive is a book that will challenge our preconceptions about zoos and aquaria, animal welfare, and just what or who it is we think we see when we face the animal..
With contributions by Virginia McKenna and Lori Gruen.About the author:
Photojournalist, author and activist Jo-Anne McArthur has been documenting the plight of animals on all seven continents for over ten years. Her documentary project, We Animals, is internationally celebrated and over one hundred animal organizations, among them Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd and the Jane Goodall Institute, have benefited from her photography. Many organizations continue to work closely with Jo-Anne on campaigns and investigations.
Her work has been featured in publications such as Elle Canada, National Geographic Traveler, Photo District News, Photolife, Sotokoto, Point of View, Alternatives Journal and Canadian Dimension.
Jo-Anne is also the subject of Canadian film maker Liz Marshall's celebrated documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine.