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Nick Brandt. Photographer.



Nick Brandt is a photographer who photographs exclusively in Africa, one of his goals being to record a visually poetic last testament to the wild animals and places there before they are gone at the hands of man.

In 2000, Brandt embarked upon his ambitious photographic project: a trilogy of books to memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa.




The first book in the trilogy, On This Earth (Chronicle Books, 2005) constitutes 66 photos taken 2000-2004, with introductions by the conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall and the author Alice Sebold. The photographs in this book are a unadulterated vision of an African paradise, deliberately contrasting with what is to follow in the subsequent books. Elephant with Exploding Dust, Amboseli 2004, the photo on the book's cover, has since become one of Brandt's best-known images.

Critical response to the book, heralded Brandt's photographic achievement. Black and White magazine called his photos "heartbreakingly beautiful".




The second book in the trilogy, A Shadow Falls, (Abrams, 2009) features 58 photographs taken 2005-2008. It is generally regarded to be superior to "On This Earth". In additional introductions, philosopher Peter Singer, author of the groundbreaking Animal Liberation, explains why Brandt's photographs speak to an increasing human moral conscience about our treatment of animals. The photography critic Vicki Goldberg places Brandt's work in the history of the medium.

As the title of the book implies, this book, although replete with images of ethereal beauty and poetry, is a more melancholic interpretation of the world he photographs. Indeed, critic Vicki Goldberg writes: " A Shadow Falls, taken in its entirely, is a love story without a happily ever after."

The photos in the book are deliberately sequenced: the opening images are of an unspoiled lush green world, filled with animals and water.

As the book progresses, the photos become gradually more stark, until towards the end, the trees are dead, the water gone, the animals are vastly reduced in numbers, until the book closes with the final ambiguous image, of a lone, abandoned ostrich egg on a parched lake bed.




Starting in 2010, Brandt is taking the photos for the final part of the trilogy. In this book, Nick Brandt has said he plans to show darker vision amidst the beauty, a further diminishing of the natural world he loves and photographs.

One such example is Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant, Amboseli 2011.




This photograph features one of the rangers employed by Big Life Foundation, the Foundation Nick Brandt started in 2010. The ranger holds the tusks of an elephant killed by poachers in the years prior to the Foundation's inception.






Some of his works:



Elephant Drinking





Giraffes in Evening Light, Maasai Mara 2006





Elephant Exodus #2, Amboseli 2004





Abandoned Ostrich Egg





Buffalo With Lowered Head





Elephant Herds Crossing Lake Bed in Sun





Elephant with Tattered Ears





Elephants Moving Through Grass





Elephants on Bleached Lake Bed





Giraffes and Dust Devil





Giraffes Battling in Forest





Giraffes with Migration Trail





Gorilla On Rock





Lion CU Portrait





Lion Under Leaning Tree





Lion with Monolith





Lions Head to Head





Rhino on Lake





Rhinos in Lake





Lion Before Storm II- Sitting Profile





Zebras Turning Heads





Cheetah & Cubs





Wildebeest Arc





Lioness Against Rock





Baboons in Profile





Hippos on Mara River





Elephant With Exploding Dust





Elephant Exodus





Cheetah & Cubs Lying on Rock





Lion Windswept





Sitting Lionesses





Cheetah in Tree





Giraffe Fan





Elephant Mother & Two Babies





Elephant Herd





Buffalo Group Portrait





Portrait of Lion Standing in Wind





Giraffes Under Swirling Clouds





Chimp Portrait With Hand II





Zebras Crossing River





Lioness with Cub Feeding





Lioness Looking Out Over Plains





Kudu Against Sky





Giraffe Looking Over Plains





Lioness In Crater





Giraffe Triptych





Leopard in Crook of Tree





Elephant Mother & Baby Holding Leg





Chimpanzee Posing





Elephant Ghost World





Rhino in Dust





Two Rhinos





Buffalo Blind in One Eye Resting





Elephant Cathedral





Giraffe & Baby in Trees








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