NICK BRANDT – DIRECTOR’S CUT: THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S FAVOURITE 25
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Nick Brandt’s themes always relate to the disappearing natural world, before much of it is destroyed by mankind.
From 2001 to 2018, he has photographed in Africa. In his celebrated trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across The Ravaged Land (2001-2012), he established a style of portrait photography of animals in the wild similar to that of the photography of humans in studio setting, shot on medium format film, attempting to portray animals as sentient creatures not so different from us.
In Inherit the Dust (2016), in a series of epic panoramas, Brandt recorded the impact of man in places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, Brandt erected a life-size panel of one of his unreleased animal portrait photographs, placing the displaced animals on sites of explosive urban development, new factories, wastelands and quarries.
This Empty World (2019) addresses the escalating destruction of the natural world at the hands of humans, showing a world where, overwhelmed by runaway development, there is no longer space for animals to survive. Working in colour for the first time in visually complex tableaux populated by both humans and animals This Empty World is a tour de force of contemporary image making.
Brandt has selected for us the favourite 25 images from his 20-years long career. To view his selection please click here. To see additional works and our past Nick Brandt’s exhibitions please follow the link here.