Feature photographer for the New York Herald Tribune, Nat Fein has a Pulitzer Prize to his credit, but his collection of...

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NAT FEIN'S ANIMALS

Feature photographer for the New York Herald Tribune, Nat Fein has a Pulitzer Prize to his credit, but his collection of animal pictures here, along with a text as told to Ferdi Backer & Ruth Biemiller, is not up to the standard we might expect. Mostly, the pictures are of human interest animal scenes taken at the zoos or around New York. Each is accompanied by a personalized narrative that injects about as much sentiment as possible into expression, circumstances, etc. For example, there is a baby elephant turned away from the crowd because there are too many people watching it, three kittens who are going to be well taken care of, etc. This is the general tone. Pictorial quality is disappointing too. In a word most of them look like the put-up jobs some admittedly are, and the humor drops heavily and slowly- like honey. One or two stand out-a close-up of a tern, circus elephants asleep- but it's mostly maudlin.

Pub Date: Oct. 17, 1955

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Messner

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1955