Observing the Rhino 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 × 0.02 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 a 1997 photograph of a male studiously observing a rhinoceros in the rhino compound at Zoo Praha in Prague (Praha), Czech Republic. This image is part of a series entitled "Behind the Scenes at Zoo Praha" I completed during my studies at the School for Photographic Studies in Prague during the Summer of 1997. I never met the man in the window but I assumed he was a zoo employee since he was inside a space limited to zoo employees. What caught my attention with this image was the almost-affectionate manner in which this man was observing the rhino. His observation of the rhino suggested to me such great care and concern that I wondered if something may have been wrong with the rhino. As a side note, on an occasions during which this photograph was included in a gallery exhibition, a gallery visitor approached me and asked if she could ask me a question about this photo. When I agreed, the woman very sincerely asked, "How did the rhinoceros get into that man's backyard [home garden]?" I very diplomatically explained the circumstances of the photo.

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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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