Bear portraits by Jill Greenberg as presented by: Telegraph Media Group

A grizzly bear named 'Koda' is photographed in Frazier Park, Kern, California. Well-known fine art photographer Jill Greenberg has taken a series of studio portraits of bears. Known for her ability to bring human qualities to animals, the 44-year-old, Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based artist says: "I wanted to create images of these majestic beasts unlike anything we had seen before. I set up a studio outside to show the intensity and allow an intimate view of these powerful beasts." "Humans have a unique attachment to bears, many of us grow up with teddy bears and, sometimes we call big people bear-like." she says. Working with professional animal trainers like Mark Dumas in Vancouver, Jill collaborated with the many trainers and owners to achieve the best angle and pose, always careful to make sure not to make any sudden moves or loud noises to call attention to and create a dangerous situation for herself or her crew.

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