Gorilla On Rock Poster
From the series On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt’s black-and-white photograph of a gorilla shows the softness and splendour of this animal that is often forgotten to us. Deciding not to use either a telephoto or zoom lens in his practice, Brandt’s close proximity to the gorilla imbues this photograph with a sense of intimacy that is rare and unique to the artist’s photographs, notably his portraits of animals. Even further, it evokes an air laden with not only caution but, interestingly, care between Brandt and the animal. As with the rest of the artist’s astounding images of wild animals, “Gorilla On Rock” makes evident that Brandt is not a wildlife photographer but a portraitist foremost, one that is empathetic to the sentient creatures he photographs, concerned not with documenting their existence but crystallising their ethos in print.
While the English photographer began his career directing music videos, it wasn’t until he filmed Michael Jackson’s Earth Song in Tanzania that he was inspired to pay homage to the animals he saw there. In 2001, Brandt began his ambitious photographic project capturing the destruction of East Africa’s natural magnificence and the disappearance of its animals. His fascination with the changing natural world is evident in series like Inherit the Dust (2016), where Brandt places previously unreleased life-size animal portraits in sites of urban development, new factories, wastelands, and quarries. Deciding not to use either a telephoto or zoom lens in his practice, Brandt’s close proximity to his animal subjects imbues his portraits with a sense of intimacy as well as caution that is rare and unique to the artist’s photographs. That, now juxtaposed with the encroaching industrial scapes Brandt exposes, proves the expanse of the photographer’s practice, from his technical skill as a portraitist to his critical environmental commentary at large. But Brandt shows that animals are not the only victims of environmental devastation, the people now inhabiting these landscapes are as well. Spending two decades raising awareness on the threats humanity poses to natural and animal life, Brandt now resides in the mountains of Southern California.
Nick Brandt stands as one of Fotografiska’s most popular photographers with four different exhibitions across its museum locations throughout the years. The image rendered in this poster hails from Brandt’s series Inherit the Dusk, which was shown in full at Fotografiska Stockholm in 2016, as well as in the exhibition On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land at the same location in 2015.
Size: 19.69”W x 27.56”H (50x70 cm)
Printed on FSC-certified paper