James and Other Apes
Over four years, British photographer James Mollison documented 50 great apes, primarily in sanctuaries in Africa and Indonesia. Most of his subjects are orphans whose parents were illegally killed for trade as “bushmeat.” Their portraits are a powerful argument for their protection, representing species whose survival is under threat. In 2004, Mollison published James and Other Apes, a book featuring 50 portraits of gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and bonobos as unique individuals - all named, with personal histories - calling into question the dividing-line between 'man' and 'animal'.
Portraits in Osgoode station: Likendze: female 4 years, Republic of Congo; Pumbu: female 8 years, Republic of Congo; La Vieiele: female 29 years, Republic of Congo; Gregoire: male 60 years, Republic of Congo; Chim: female 5 years, Cameroon; James: male 5 years, Cameroon; Wazak: female 4 years, Cameroon; Bonny: male 5 years, Indonesia; Ya-ukk: male 7 years, Indonesia; Jovan: male 3 years, Indonesia; Haidar: male 2 years, Indonesia; Fizi: female 2 years, DR Congo; Noiki: female 5 years, DR Congo; Tatantgo: female 11 years, DR Congo;
Born in 1973 in Kenya, James Mollison studied Art and Design at Oxford Brookes University and Documentary Photography at Newport School of Art and Design in the UK. Since 1998, he has lived in Venice, Italy, working with Fabrica, Benetton’s creative laboratory. He is an active contributor to Colors Magazine, The United Nations Refugee Agency, The World Health Organization, i-D Magazine, The Guardian, Arena, Amica and El Pais, among others, and is engaged with several personal photography projects.
15 colour photographs, each 65 x 44 inches