Behind Glass ANNE BERRY
Lens Magazine|October 2020
Few photographers have captured (but no, let’s not use that word)—few photographers have communicated the depth and complexity of primate emotions as Berry has. -Collier Brown, Introduction to Primates, published by 21st Editions, 2017 .

Since 2010 I have been traveling throughout Europe photographing primates in small zoos. Alone, patient and silent, I establish a more than passing connection with my subjects in these monkey houses. I make portraits that reveal the unique personality of each of these animals. It is clear that they are posing for me and that there exists a human-primate bond.

My goal is to motivate people to feel compassion for primates and an obligation to protect them. Most of the primates I photograph qualify as endangered, and all of them are facing stress from loss of habitat and human activity. The plight of primates on earth is urgent; our indifference will condemn them to extinction, and we will follow.

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