Pictures We Love: The Thylacine and the Pigeon
Bill Marr, Creative Director
Robb Kendrick photographed Martha, the last passenger pigeon, for our April story about bringing extinct species back to life. Robb’s specialty in tintypes was a perfect marriage of craft and concept.
The tale of Martha has always struck me as one of the saddest stories of extinctions directly caused by the hand of man. From billions of birds in eastern North America down to just one, Martha died in 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her remains were shipped to the Smithsonian Institution, where they were mounted and have been on display since. Robb refreshed our memory of her.
Photography is personal. We all respond to pictures for different reasons—sometimes very obscure reasons. I love what Robb did to bring