NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Brian Hampton's coffee table books are much more than just coffee table books; they're works of art that benefit four worthy charities: the Rochester, Minn. chapter of the Ronald McDonald House; Carpenter's Place in Rockford, Ill.; the Salvation Army; and Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the Everglades.
The books – Captured I: Africa and Captured II: Everglades – are the culmination of Hampton's global wildlife photography, meticulously captured, printed on LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper, bound and packaged.
Both are available in 12" x 12" and 18" x 18" sizes, which retail for $1,895 and $2,500 respectively. There are only 15 copies of the 18" x 18" version available.
"I don't make a profit on the books, nor do I want to: 40 percent goes to the causes and the rest goes toward helping me recover my costs on the project. I want to raise as much money as I can for those organizations," explains Hampton.
Hampton prints the pages and sends them to Mel Englander, Englander Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to be bound and packaged. The books come in a velvet case inside a black box, to which Hampton applies the book cover image, printed on Photo Tex from LexJet.
A successful entrepreneur and corporate turn-around artist who has been CEO of five companies over the past 40 years, his success in business allowed him to pursue two of his favorite pastimes – photography and philanthropy – and then blend both with the creation of his wildlife photography books.
One of Hampton's shots from Africa, which captures a lioness charging through the water on its way to a kill, was the 2008 Grand Prize winner of the annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, for which it was featured in a special exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. that same year.
Hampton is working on a third book based on his travels to Alaska. For more information about the limited-edition, custom books and the charities they support, go to store.brianhamptonphotography.com.