[UCP Books]: A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity

“That this is a beautiful book is immediately obvious. But it’s also remarkably smart—a conceptual device that will change the way you see the world around you.
I was absorbed in every page.”
Bill McKibben

A World in One Cubic Foot
Portraits of Biodiversity
by David Liittschwager

With a Foreword by E. O. Wilson and Text by W. S. DiPiero, Alan Huffman, August Kleinzahler, Elizabeth Kolbert, Nalini M. Nadkarni, and Jasper and Peter Slingsby

Publication Date: November 12, 2012 978-0-226-48123-4
 UK Publication Date: November 26, 2012 $45.00/£29.00


In these pages you will come as close as possible to holding an entire ecosystem in the palm of your hand. For A World in One Cubic Foot, esteemed nature photographer David Liittschwager took a bright green metal cube—measuring precisely one cubic foot—and set it in locations around the world, from Costa Rica to Central Park. Working with local scientists, he measured what moved through that small space in a period of twenty-four hours. He then photographed the cube’s setting and the plant, animal, and insect life inside it—anything visible to the naked eye. The result is a stunning portrait of the amazing diversity that can be found in ecosystems around the globe.
Many organisms captured in Liittschwager’s photographs have rarely, if ever, been presented in their full splendor to the general reader, and the singular beauty of these images evocatively conveys the richness of life around us and the essential need for its conservation. The breathtaking images are accompanied by equally engaging essays that speak to both the landscapes and the worlds contained within them, from distinguished contributors such as Elizabeth Kolbert and Alan Huffman, in addition to an introduction by E. O. Wilson.  By presenting ecosystems in miniature, A World in One Cubic Foot makes the diversity of the natural world immediately accessible and tangible.

David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer and a contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. He is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at 773-702-4216 or cadams@press.uchicago.edu for more information. 


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