Jungle Love

New book of photography

As he writes in the introduction to Jungles, his new book of wildlife photography (Taschen, $40), Frans Lanting chose the title "precisely because of its imprecise meaning. . . . To me 'jungles' still fits the need for a term that describes an uncontrollable natural abundance beyond human grasp." Beyond the grasp of many, perhaps, but not of Lanting's impressionistic eye. In tropical forests from the Amazon basin to Madagascar to Borneo, the photographer has discovered lounging red-eyed tree frogs, lichen katydids hiding in plain sight, and proboscis monkeys leaping over creeks. One stunning eagle's-eye view—of a flock of macaws in flight above an ultra-smooth, tan expanse of muddy river—is emblematic of the beauty Lanting regularly achieves.