A first look at After Life, an exhibition of poignant portraits of extinct and endangered species from Sean Dooley, which opens at the Horniman Museum and Gardens this Saturday. featured post *rugenius

A first look at After Life, an exhibition of poignant portraits of extinct and endangered species from Sean Dooley, which opens at the Horniman Museum and Gardens this Saturday.

September 26th, 2013

Last night we celebrated the opening of a new photographic exhibition at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. The new exhibition, After Life features poignant portraits of extinct and endangered animals by photographer Sean Dooley. Dooley visited natural history museums and private collections across the country, capturing images of specimens of species rarely (or never) seen in the wild, exploring the conflict between collection and conservation.

The exhibition runs until March, more details via the Horniman here.

Dooley writes: "Every preserved specimen represents a life lost. The human need to understand, enjoy and benefit from nature must be balanced against the right of other species to the continuation of life."
A selection of images from the After Life series. Clockwise from top left: Sunda Slow Loris (University of Glasgow Zoology Museum), Great Auk (Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons), Chimpanzee (Horniman Museum & Gardens), Passenger Pigeon (Private collection), Huia (D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum), Scottish Wildcat (CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection).
"The survival of all the species depicted in this project is threatened in some way. Because of their rarity the mounts are important specimens, sometimes the last of their species, so precious that they aren’t on display."

Through his photography, Dooley offers the public a rare glimpse at these specimens as well as opening a dialogue about the importance of museum collections.
Ruffed Lemur from the Zoology Museum, University of Glasgow.
A selection of mounted Kakapos.
Young polar bear from the CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.
The balcony gallery exhibition space, including one of the Kakapo specimens from the collection of the Horniman Museum and Gardens featured in the After Life series.
The portrait of the Kakapo, whose specimen accompanies After Life. This particular specimen is one of several held by the museum and was the subject of a recent loan.

The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, the 28th of September and runs until the 2nd of March, see details here, and is joined on the Balcony Gallery by a selection of images from the recent Bioblitz review project.
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