The Amazon Forest and its People in Black and White

  • Authors: Ghillean T. Prance
  • ISBN: 978-1-7398856-2-5
  • Pages: 218
  • Images: 260
  • Page size:  178 x 254 mm (landscape)
  • Cover format:  Hardcover




This book is about the biology and situation of the Amazon rainforest. It is illustrated by the 250 black and white photos taken by Ghillean Prance during the course of his many expeditions to the Amazon region. The text is mainly taken from the writings of the three Victorian naturalists Henry Bates, Richard Spruce and Alfred Rusell Wallace. Many of the things they described about the forest and its indigenous peoples are illustrated. Some additions on the biology of various interesting plants from the research of the author are also included. While much of the book is about the biology and ethnology of the people the main message is to demonstrate the current destruction of both the forest and the native people, with the hope that this can be halted quickly. It ends with some quotes with pleas for action from some of the most effected indigenous people.