Max Piantoni and The Descent of the Dodo
In this series The Descent of the Dodo, Max Piantoni creates a history about this unknowable bird. As he states,
“The Descent of the Dodo offers my take on what could have happened to the famous Dodo. Given the scarce written accounts, sketches, and specimens that remain of the bird, and given the dubious nature of those specimens—the most famous images of the bird were painted by a man who possibly had never seen a dodo, and the only full specimens that exist are either composites or fakes constructed with pigeon feathers—I saw an opportunity to propose an alternate history of the bird. Also given that the Dodo was discovered and went extinct before the invention of photography I felt compelled to playfully turn the documentary lens towards the bird for the first time.”
The Descent of the Dodo is best described as a ‘picture-play’. Four photographs that tell the story of the dodo with minimal use of words. For more of Piantoni’s work, click here.