The Asia Society of New York has an astonishing presentation this month that the staff of ASIAMEDIA highly recommends for your consideration. It is trumpeted as “Vanishing Giants – Elephants of Asia” — a collection of extraordinary images that are endless compelling.
Our friends at The Asia Society New York report that the collector Palani Mohan devoted 6 years and traveled to 11 Asian countries to create this intimate glimpse into the world of the Asian elephant, a creature which – even as its African cousin flourishes – is threatened as never before.
On offer is a very special book – a collectors item, really. But this is far more than simply a book of elephant photographs. Rather, it’s a tale of two species: that of the elephant, and the human beings with whom it shares its abodes. Asia Society further describes the collection as “a love story, and a war story, a history of animosity and attraction, a study of shattered symbiosis. For all through Asia, it seems, a love-hate relationship thrives where elephants and human beings co-exist.”
The photographer/collector Palani Mohan was born in Chennai, India, and moved to Australia as a child. His photographic career began 20 years ago at the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper and since then he has been based in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and now Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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