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Kamchatka, by Igor Shpilenok and Patrico Robles Gil

Readers of Russian Life are well familiar with the photography of Igor Shpilenok from the countless stories by him and his wife, Laura Williams, that have appeared in our pages, covering Russia’s wildlife, national parks and remote regions.

Now Shpilenok has teamed up with a Mexican wildlife photographer and created a beautiful collector’s edition photo book on Kamchatka. Best of all, Shpilenok has himself penned a loving essay (nicely translated by Williams) to anchor the book’s photos.

The wild beauty of Kamchatka, captured in Igor’s and Patrico’s stunning photos of bears, eagles, volcanoes and salmon, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. That proceeds from the book’s sale are going to benefit the Wild Foundation, to help in the continued lobbying for wild spaces, is a testament to the fact that Igor is much more than a photographer –?he is an activist passionately committed to his subject. Perhaps this is why his photography is so inspiring.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: July/Aug 2009