Great and Small

Australia's early naturalists went to great lengths to get new specimens. For Robyn Stacey, shooting the wonders of the Macleay Museum's natural history collections took its own kind of intrepidity. She had to climb and re-climb the three flights of stairs to the museum's public gallery; crisscross Sydney to poke through storerooms; mount ladders to fetch preserving jars from high shelves; lie on floors to photograph specimens too fragile to be moved more than a meter from their cases. The sumptuous result, Museum (Cambridge University Press), provides the armchair-dwelling naturalist with a lift, a key to the...

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