Captive: A Hard Look at the Lives of Zoo Animals

August 20, 2013

By Kirsten Rian

© Gaston Lacombe

Gaston Lacombe's "Captive" series includes photos from zoos in several countries around the world, presenting a difficult look at the conditions in which some animals are kept captive. Click on the Photo Gallery link below to see more images.

Zoos (referred to as menageries prior to the nineteenth century) were originally collections of exotic animals kept by kings and queens for their own entertainment, or as a display of wealth and power, and date as far back as 3500 BC in ancient Egypt. Canadian photographer Gaston Lacombe’s “Captive” series depicting animals in modern-day zoos asks questions about hierarchies of...

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