These Portraits Reveal The Incredibly Humanlike Expressions Of A Variety Of Apes

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Through piercing eyes and finite facial details, the intimate photographs show the animals looking angry, sad, delighted and pensive. They are the works of Manuela Kulpa – an IT consultant and keen photographer from near Cologne, Germany – who shot the apes predominantly at zoos across Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands.

Bonobo, Azibo
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Manuela, 45, said, “Emotions like our own are mirrored in the faces of the apes – you really can believe what you see in their faces”.

Emperor tamarin, Anori
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Drill, Okechukwu
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Western lowland gorilla, Boma
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Bornean Orangutan, Tuan
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Southern pig-tailed macaque, Budiarto
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Golden-faced sak,i Gustavol
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Western lowland gorilla, Tumba
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Bonobo, Clyde
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Western lowland gorilla, Grace
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Pygmy marmoset, Airo
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Bornean Orangutan, Lea
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Western lowland gorilla, Massa
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