Evolution: A Stunning Monochromatic Exploration of Vertebrate Skeletons by Patrick Gries

Horse and rider
Horse and Rider © Patrick Gries

Opah © Patrick Gries

Cheetah © Patrick Gries

African Elephant
African Elephant © Patrick Gries

Rattlesnake © Patrick Gries

Mandrill & Humbolt’s Wooly Monkey © Patrick Gries

Orca © Patrick Gries

Lemur © Patrick Gries

Flamingo & Water Monitor © Patrick Gries

© Xavier Barral

© Xavier Barral

Created in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Evolution is an extraodinary collection of images by photographer Patrick Gries that tells the visual story of evolution through 300 black and white photos of vertebrate skeletons. Unlike a textbook approach to photography, the skeletons Gries’ photos appear to have been reanimated, artfully posed and lit in lifelike scenarios resulting in images that are both beautiful and haunting.

In addition to the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, Gries acquired anatomical specimens from numerous veterinary and natural history museums throughout France and Monaco to round out the series of photos that are accompanied by passages from writer and scientist Dr. Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu. Evolution is available through Editions Xavier Barral.

All images courtesy Patrick Gries. (via Photojojo)

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