National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting presents annual Santa Cruz show Saturday, Nov. 22.
Frans Lanting - Chimps at the Edge
Renowned nature and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting takes us to a remote corner of West Africa to cover an unusual group of chimpanzees that is making people rethink the nature of chimps and the boundaries between apes and early humans.
On assignment for National Geographic, Frans and his wife, videographer Christine Eckstrom, woke before dawn each day to meet the Fongoli chimps of Senegal as they arose at first light. Traveling up to 15 miles each day in searing heat and carrying 40-pound backpacks, Frans and Christine captured groundbreaking images and never-before-filmed scenes of the chimps making spears to hunt small primates--a behavior that made headlines around the world when anthropologist Dr. Jill Pruetz first reported it last year.
"This was a grueling assignment - one of the hardest things physically that I've done in a long, long time," said Lanting.
INFORMATION Saturday, November 22, 2008 Rio Theater in Santa Cruz Show times: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. General Admission: $20; Friends of Long Marine Lab members: $15. Advance tickets at the Seymour Center (831) 459-3800, Frans Lanting Studio (831) 429-1331, and Logos Books & Records downtown Santa Cruz.