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The book took two years to put together, with six months of research first. (Tim Flach, from Endangered by Tim Flach)

Extraordinary images of some of the world's most endangered animals

Featuring animals from all around the world, Tim Flach’s latest book ‘endangered’ explores habitats on nearly every continent.

Often, Flach explores the close relationship between animals and humans, and in particular how humanity imposes and reveals its ideals when trying to understand and work with animals.

‘I feel this is the most complete book I have done and I feel very privileged to have done it,’ he said. ‘I do recall a photographer colleague of mine saying one never finishes a book one is only separated from it.

‘I wanted to draw out the character of my subjects. Clearly to do that with a bee or a tree frog eggs demanded an intimacy that can only be arrived at by a magnification, in this particular case times five, thereby showing detail that would not normally be visible with the naked eye.

Endangered by Tim Flach, prologue and epilogue by Dr. Jonathan Baillie, body text by Sam Wells (Abrams, £50)

‘Probably the most dramatic area [when putting together the book] was diving off the Galapagos islands while photographing Hammerhead sharks from 30m down. As a not highly experienced diver, the challenges of high currents and camera with underwater housing was a little bit stressful.

‘My next project is birds,’ he continued. ‘I want to photograph some of the most glamorous, beautiful birds – Birds of prey, Golden Pheasants, Bantoms and Macaws to celebrate the wonderment of birds.’

His other books include Equus, Dogs, Gods and More Than Human. Endangered is his fourth, and most ambitious, book.

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