by Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Friday 8 November 2013

Gaston Lacombe visited different zoos from 9 countries in five different continents, shooting photographs of animals and their living conditions in zoos. This series of powerful, and mostly saddening, photographs is called Captive. Enraging as it may be, Lacombe chose not to tell the names of these places, wanting to draw attention to all zoos rather than just shame a few.

According to Lacombe: ‘Even in the very best of zoos you still find animals placed in horrible cement enclosures or little glass boxes. Not all zoos are equal. Some make great efforts to provide their animals with adequate and comfortable habitats, and some others can only be described as animal torture chambers’.

Lacombe adds: ‘However, in all zoos, there are always some animals wedged in habitats that are inappropriate, inadequate and uncomfortable. I still haven’t seen any exceptions to this’.

Via My Modern Met