Nick Brandt | Nick Brandt Photography
Nick Brandt is an English photographer. He documents the disappearing natural world, before much or all of it is destroyed by mankind. He photographs mainly in Africa. He fell in love with the animals and land of East Africa in 1995 while directing “Earth Song”.
He was frustrated that he could not capture on film his feelings about and love for animals. That’s when he realized there was a way to achieve this through photography, in a way that he felt no-one had done before. He has dedicated himself fully to ensuring that he captures all the remnant of nature before extinction comes knocking.
Born and raised in London, England, He is an alumni of Saint Martin’s School of Art. He studied Painting, and then Film. He moved to California in 1992 and directed many award-winning music videos for the likes of Michael Jackson (“Earth Song”, “Stranger in Moscow”), Moby (“Porcelain”), Jewel (“Hands”) and XTC (“Dear God”).
He has and is still documenting changing landscapes and the natural world in East Africa and especially Kenya and Tanzania. He has written many books explaining his documentaries.
Nick Brandt Age
Nick was born in London, England, United Kingdom in 1964. He is 54-55 years old as of 2019.
Nick Brandt Wife
Nick Brandt got married to his wife Orla Brady in 2002. For his love of nature, their wedding was conducted at the Chyulu hills in Kenya.
Nick Brandt Inherit The Dust
Brandt returned to East Africa in 2014 to photograph the escalating changes to the continent’s natural world. He recorded the impact of man in places where animals used to roam in a series of panoramic photographs. He also erected a life size panel of one of his animal portrait photographs, in each location, setting the panels within a world of urban development, factories, wasteland and quarries. In 2016, he published a book of the work, Inherit the Dust.
In the book, he writes, “We are living through the antithesis of genesis right now. It took billions of years to reach a place of such wondrous diversity, and then in just a few shockingly short years, an infinitesimal pinprick of time, to annihilate that.” Jim Casper, editor, stated: “The resulting wall-size prints are impeccably beautiful and stunning, as well as profoundly disturbing. They convey the vast spaces and light of contemporary Africa with a cinematic immersion and incredible detail. When standing in front of his images, the viewer is transported into the scenes – sometimes with wonder and awe and joy, and other times with overwhelming sadness, despair and disgust.” Photography critic Michelle Bogre was also awed by his works and he wrote; “Nick Brandt’s new photographic work, Inherit the Dust, is his visual cry of anguish about the looming apocalypse for animals habitats in Africa… The resulting images are simultaneously beautiful and horrifying, because they illustrate the irreconcilable clash of past and present.”
Nick Brandt Books
- On This Earth (Chronicle Books, 2005)
- A Shadow Falls (Abrams, 2009).
- On This Earth, A Shadow Falls (Abrams/D.A.P. /Big Life Editions, 2010/2012/2014).
- Across the Ravaged Land (Abrams Books, 2013).
- Inherit The Dust (Edwynn Houk Editions, 2016).
- This Empty World (Thames & Hudson, 2019).
Nick Brandt On This Earth
Nick released a book On This Earth, in 2005. The book constituted 66 photos taken from 2000–2004 with introductions by the conservationist and primatologist Jane Goodall, author Alice Sebold, and photography critic Vicki Goldberg. He had embarked on his photographic project: a trilogy of work to memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. The images were mainly graphic portraits more akin to studio portraiture of human subjects from a much earlier era, as if these animals were already long dead.
It was clear that this work bore little relation to the typical, color, documentary-style wildlife photography. Using a Pentax 67II with two fixed lenses, Brandt photographed on medium-format black and white film without telephoto or zoom lenses. He writes: “You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.”
Explaining the reasons for the methods he used at the time, Brandt says “I’m not interested in creating work that is simply documentary or filled with action and drama, which has been the norm in the photography of animals in the wild. What I am interested in is showing the animals simply in the state of Being. In the state of Being before they are no longer are. Before, in the wild at least, they cease to exist. This world is under terrible threat, all of it caused by us. To me, every creature, human or nonhuman, has an equal right to live, and this feeling, this belief that every animal and I are equal, affects me every time I frame an animal in my camera. The photos are my elegy to these beautiful creatures, to this wrenchingly beautiful world that is steadily, tragically vanishing before our eyes.”
Nick Brandt A Shadow Falls
A Shadow Falls is Nick’s second book in the trilology. It was released in 2009. It features 58 photographs taken during the preceding years between 2005 and 2008.
“Many pictures convey a rare sense of intimacy, as if Brandt knew the animals, had invited them to sit for his camera, and had a prime portraitist’s intuition of character…as elegant as any arranged by Arnold Newman for his human high achievers.” Writes Goldberg in the introduction
Nick Brandt Across The Ravaged Land
Brandt completed the combined trilogy On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across the Ravaged Land with Across the Ravaged Land in 2013. A book of the photography was released the same year. The trilogy introduced humans in Brandt’s photography for the first time. One such example is Ranger with Tusks of Elephant Killed at the Hands of Man, Amboseli, Kenya 2011.
This photograph features a ranger employed by Big Life Foundation, a foundation started by Brandt in 2010 to help preserve critical ecosystems in Kenya and Tanzania. The ranger holds the tusks of an elephant of the Amboseli region killed by poachers.
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Nick Brandt Exhibition
2019: This Empty World, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.
2019: This Empty World, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
2019: This Empty World, Waddington Custot, London.
2018: Inherit the Dust, Meet the Meat.
2017: Inherit the Dust, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow.
2017: Inherit the Dust, Custot Gallery, Dubai,
2016: Inherit the Dust, Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm.
2016: Inherit the Dust, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
2016: Inherit the Dust, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.
2016: Inherit the Dust, Camera Work, Berlin.
2016: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across The Ravaged Land, Stadthaus Ulm Museum, Ulm, Germany.
2015: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Salo Art Museum, Finland.
2015: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across The Ravaged Land, Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm.
2014: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Galerie Nikolas Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria.
2013: Across The Ravaged Land, Camera Work, Berlin.
2013: Across The Ravaged Land, Hasted Kraeutler, New York.
2013: Across The Ravaged Land, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.
2013: Across The Ravaged Land, Atlas Gallery, London.
2013: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Preus National Museum of Photography, Oslo.
2013: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Dunkers Kulturhus Museum, Helsingborg, Sweden.
2012: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Hasted Kraeutler, New York.
2012: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm.
2010: A Shadow Falls, Camera Work, Berlin.
2009: A Shadow Falls, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.
2009: A Shadow Falls, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles.
2006: African elegy, Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.
2006: On This Earth, Camera Work, Berlin.
2004: On This Earth, Camera Work, Hamburg
Nick Brandt Quotes
- My images are unashamedly idyllic and romantic, a kind of enchanted Africa. They’re my elegy to a world that is steadily, tragically vanishing.
- I want my images to achieve two things in this regard – to be an elegy to a world that is tragically vanishing, to make people see what beauty is disappearing. Also, to try and show that animals are sentient creatures equally as worthy of life as humans.
- You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.
- I want to get a real sense of intimate connection with each of the animals – with that particular lion or elephant in front of me. I believe that being that close to the animal makes a huge difference in the photographers ability to reveal its personality. You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.
- Few photographers have ever considered the photography of wild animals, as distinctly opposed to the genre of Wildlife Photography, as an art form. The emphasis has generally been on capturing the drama of wild animals IN ACTION, on capturing that dramatic single moment, as opposed to simply animals in the state of being.
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