“Captive” is a photo series documenting zoo animals in their un-natural environment. Gaston Lacombe has been gathering photos from zoos all around the world since 2009. This body of work currently represents 16 zoos, in 9 countries, on 5 continents and constantly keeps growing as he visits more zoos.
In zoos all around the world, visitors go to admire some of the most beautiful, rare or fierce creatures on Earth, but often fail to notice the deplorable habitats in which they are kept. This photographic series is not about these animals, but rather, it documents what happens when humans use animals for display and entertainment.
Gaston Lacombe is a Canadian photographer and filmmaker, currently based in Washington, DC. He specializes in documentary work and in travel photography. He holds a diploma in Photography from the Boston University Center for the Digital Imaging Arts (Washington DC campus) and has also studied at the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. levels in History. Along with his photography work, Gaston is also the Communications Coordinator for the International League of Conservation Photographers.
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.