Nick Brandt is a talented self taught photographer and filmmaker, who was born in 1966 in London, UK and currently based in the southern Californian mountains. Nick studied Painting and Film at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London. Brandt shoots a lot of black and white wildlife and animals photography, he works exclusively in Africa. For his series “Inherit The Dust”, Nick returns to East Africa to photograph the escalating changes to the continent’s natural world. He erects life-size portraits of Africa’s vanishing animal population in the present-day bleak landscapes they used to roam.
I’ve always thought this something of a wasted opportunity. The wild animals of Africa lend themselves to photographs that extend aesthetically beyond the norm of 35mm-color telephoto wildlife photography. And so it is, that in my own way, I would like to yank the subject matter of wildlife into the arena of fine art photography. To take photographs that transcend what has been a largely documentative genre.
– Nick Brandt