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Like Us: Primate Portraits

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Robin Schwartz photographs pet simians — chimps, squirrel monkeys, the odd macaque — in their human owners’ element: sprawled on sofas, grousing through bath time, entwined happily with the family dog or cat. In Like Us: Primate Portraits, the owners themselves are out of the picture; the apes meet the camera’s gaze with distant, direct trust. Far more than cute-pet photos, these deceptively simple black-and-whites open up chasms of dissonance, breaking apart the distinctions between ”tame” and ”wild,” ”human” and ”animal,” ”owner” and ”property,” ”pet” and ”child.” A slim yet richly disturbing book. A