Nick Brandt, Co-Founder & President


Born and raised in England, in 2001, Nick switched careers to embark upon a decade-long photographic project: a trilogy of books to memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. With the final part of the trilogy completed in 2013, the titles of the three books form one consecutive sentence :

On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across The Ravaged Land.

Since 2004, Nick has had multiple solo exhibitions worldwide, including in New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Sydney, Paris, Stockholm, and more.

Nick photographs on medium format black and white film without telephoto or zoom lenses. His work is a combination of wide-screen panoramas of animals within vast landscapes, and graphic portraits more akin to studio portraiture of human subjects from the early 20th Century, as if these animals were from a bygone era.

In one of his books, Nick explains:
"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 divides his time between his home in the mountains of Southern California, and East Africa.

Nick can be reached at nick@biglife.org

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