The Anthropocene is the proposed name for the current geological epoch. In this era, human activity is the dominant influence on climate, the environment, and all life on earth. As we enter a new decade, an estimated 80 billion land animals continue to be used and consumed by humans each year. The majority of these animals are raised and killed within industrial agricultural systems. Fish and other marine life are measured by tonnes.
HIDDEN adopts an unashamedly pro-animal perspective, yet also understands the important role community leaders, educators, policy makers and activists play in determining a future relationship with animals based upon a compassionate and humane co-existence.
320 x 240 mm
12.6″ x 9.5″
204 historic images
4-colour printing, 3 gatefold spreads
Hard cover + foil stamping & debossing
Printed in Italy on sustainably sourced paper
HIDDEN is a collectible limited edition
Published by We Animals Media
World distributor: Lantern Publishing and Media
*Joaquin contributed the foreword to HIDDEN.
Stavros Niarchos Fdn. Cultural Center | Oct 16, 2022 – Kallithea, Greece
Gallery of Fine Art in Ostrava, Art House | Sept 14 – Nov 20, 2022 – Ostrava, Czechia
The Source Art Centre | Sept 9 – Oct 15, 2022 – Thurles, Ireland
Visa pour l’image – International Festival of Photojournalism | Aug 27 – Sept 12, 2021 – Perpignan, France
“I am, quite simply, in awe of these photographers. In a way, they are like war photographers, except witness to a war that so many people have little idea exists, or choose to suppress that exists. This takes enormous inner strength and bloody-minded determination to illuminate the mass extermination that unfolds every second of every day across the planet.“
The strength of this book is in its contributing photographers. HIDDEN represents the work of 40 photojournalists who have – and continue to – document animal stories. These photographers are the heroes who work globally to investigate and expose animal use. Their exhaustive and in-depth work has resulted in some of the most compelling and historic images of animals that we have seen.
The work of our contributors has been celebrated by Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature Photographer of the Year, Festival della Fotographia Etica, Alfred Fried Peace Award, the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, World Press Photo, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Sony World Photography Awards, Picture of the Year International, Latin International Photography Award, DAYS Japan, and Prix de la Photographie.
Our photographers have also been published in and interviewed by publications such as National Geographic, GEO, BBC Discover Wildlife, The Guardian, CNN, Telegraph, New Scientist, Newsweek, The Sunday Times, Nikon Pro, Black+White Photography, Vice, La Repubblica and The Washington Post. Additionally, their work has been used in animal advocacy campaigns worldwide.
The work of an animal photojournalist is often challenging and deeply personal. Learn more about the individual motivations behind the work of selected contributing photographers below.
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From the beginning, our goal was to share the message of this critical book with as many people as possible. Making visible the animals in this book is one crucial piece of the puzzle when it comes to animal justice. HIDDEN additionally serves as a document that gives credibility to the coverage of its subject matter. HIDDEN acts as testimonial and proof and serves as a vehicle for a global conversation about our use of other animals.
Thanks to the support of our crowdfunding supporters and Publishing Partners, We Animals Media will be sending hundreds of books to people and organizations of influence around the world: politicians, chefs, journalists, podcasters, teachers, NGOs, and global leaders. Our goal is that this collection of difficult photographs will inspire compassion, conversation, and most importantly, change.
At its core, HIDDEN is a global conversation and a call to action.
View and download the book’s companion PDF, entitled “The Way Forward,” about what’s being done worldwide to help animals, and how we can all take part.