Nick Brandt

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

22 May — 13 September, 2015

Nick Brandt’s 2011 exhibition at Fotografiska was a great success. Now he is back with the final part of his trilogy about East Africa’s endangered natural world. The pictures are evidence of a frightening reality. Between 30,000 and 35,000 elephants are slaughtered every year, rhinoceros horns cost more than gold and there are 75 per cent fewer lions today than 20 years ago. We travel from the dream of what was to the nightmare that is.

EXHIBITION

Nick Brandt’s sepia-toned images evoke a time when animals lived in harmony, untroubled by our contemporary age marked by the devastation of natural resources, hunting for pleasure and economic greed, as a result of everything from poaching to out of control development and population explosion.

With his intimate portraits of magnificent animals, Nick Brandt reminds us that the world, with all its splendour and diversity, is a very fragile place. His pictures are like no other natural images. There are no sensational hunting scenes. Instead Brandt presents us with a sense of calm and dignity. Possibly because he dares to move in close to the animals, with which he seems to have an understanding. We see their wrinkles of the animals, their weather-beaten skin, the intensity or curiosity in their eyes.

Nick Brandt has dedicated his life to depicting the natural world of the East African landscape. He first visited Tanzania in 1996. Starting in 2001, he began photographing and two years later he gave up his successful directing career in order to devote all his time to depicting the animals of Africa.

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Brandt says that we mustn’t give up. We need to get involved and fight for animal survival. Otherwise, in a few years’ time we will only be able to see these animals in zoos. Instead of becoming angry and dejected, Brandt decided to become angry and active. In 2010 he founded Big Life Foundation. It was the first organisation in East Africa that pursues co-coordinated cross-border anti-poaching operations.

Schedule

May
22

Exhibition opens

Sep
13

Exhibition closes

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