Four Giraffes at Zoo Praha (1997)
Black & white photograph (Giclée) by Michael Whitaker


  • Black & white photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 100
  • Size: 13 × 19 × 0.03 in (unframed) / 12.13 × 18.13 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered on the back

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Michael Whitaker

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Artist's description:

This is an image from a 1997 project entitled "Behind the Scenes at Zoo Praha" in Prague, Czech Republic. I had a translator and guide who directed and accompanied me from area to area within the zoo. When we entered the giraffe area we directly were in the giraffe living area, with the visitor viewing area in the bottom background of the photo. The immediate problem once inside the enclosure was to keep the giraffes from attempting to lick my camera. In fact, it was necessary for me to hold my camera with one hand and keep pushing giraffe heads away from me and my camera with the other hand. I was holding my camera in my right hand and concurrently tripping the shutter with my right forefinger. The youngest of the giraffes, with hind quarters visible to the left, finally lost interest and began walking away, at which point I was able to capture this image, in which it appears I lined up the other three giraffes. After tripping the shutters a couple of more times I moved on to another animal area after having been thoroughly soaked with giraffe saliva.

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This photograph was created from a Kodak Tri-X negative scanned with a Nikon Super Coolscan 8000 ED and processed via Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop before being printed as a giclee on archival 100% cotton rag fine art paper.

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