Nick Brandt: Inherit the Dust

BY lisal

September 12, 2016

Ranger with Tusks of Killed Elephant

Many wonderful photographers have documented the African bush and its wildlife, but no one’s work, in my book, is as honest, as stunningly beautiful and as poignant as that of Nick Brandt.  For many years, Nick has photographed exclusively on the African continent, particularly in East Africa’s Tanzania and Kenya.  His mission has been to document the last wild animals and places before they are destroyed by man.   His photos are essentially portraits, and because he does not use a telephoto lens, the images are beautifully scaled and intensely intimate.


Brandt has produced a number of books, each subsequent one drawing a gloomier and gloomier picture.  On This Earth,  A Shadow Falls and Across The Ravaged Land form a trilogy.  Inherit The Dust is his most recent work where, “In a series of epic panoramas, (he) records the impact of man in places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, Brandt erects a life size panel of one of his animal portrait photographs, setting the panels within a world of explosive urban development, factories, wasteland and quarries.”

Brandt made, wrote and narrated two short films about the concept and production of Inherit The Dust. They are distressing but important to view.

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