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Wasteland with Elephant, 2015

Wasteland with Elephant, 2015

54 x 113.4 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 12

Factory with Rhino, 2014

Factory with Rhino, 2014

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

50 x 113.4 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

Quarry with Giraffe, 2014

Quarry with Giraffe, 2014

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

50 x 130 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

 

Road to Factory with Zebra, 2014

Road to Factory with Zebra, 2014

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38.98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Road with Elephant, 2014

Road with Elephant, 2014

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

50 x 130 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

Alleyway with Chimpanzee, 2014

Alleyway with Chimpanzee, 2014

28 x 42 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 57 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Underpass with Elephants (Lean Back Your Life is on Track), 2015

Underpass with Elephants (Lean Back Your Life is on Track), 2015

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

54 x 113.4 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

 

Wasteland with Rhinos, 2015

Wasteland with Rhinos, 2015

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

50 x 130 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

Quarry with Lion, 2014

Quarry with Lion, 2014

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Wasteland with Lion, 2015

Wasteland with Lion, 2015

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Underpass with Rhino & Egret, 2015

Underpass with Rhino & Egret, 2015

38 x 64.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

54 x 91.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

Factory with Elephant, 2014

Factory with Elephant, 2014

38 x 64.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

54 x 91.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

 

Road Junction with Cumquat & Family, 2014

Road Junction with Cumquat & Family, 2014

34 x 102 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

47 x 141 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

 

Street with Lioness & Cubs, 2014

Street with Lioness & Cubs,  2014

26 x 54.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Electric Pylons with Elephants, 2014

Electric Pylons with Elephants, 2014

38 x 57 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

54 x 81 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

Factory with Giraffe, 2014

Factory with Giraffe, 2014

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Factory with Chimpanzee, 2014

Factory with Chimpanzee, 2014

26 x 54.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 79 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Railway Line with Lioness, 2015

Railway Line with Lioness, 2015

26 x 54.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Construction Site with Giraffes, 2015

Construction Site with Giraffes, 2015

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Wasteland with Cheetahs & Children, 2015

Wasteland with Cheetahs & Children, 2015

26 x 54.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Railway Line with Lion Brothers, 2015

Railway Line with Lion Brothers, 2015

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

 

Construction Site with Rhinos, 2014

Construction Site with Rhinos, 2014

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Underpass with Elephants & Glue Sniffing Kids, 2015

Underpass with Elephants & Glue Sniffing Kids, 2015

38 x 98.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

50 x 130 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 6

Wasteland with Rhinos & Residents, 2015

Wasteland with Rhinos & Residents, 2015

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Wasteland with Elephants & Residents, 2015

Wasteland with Elephants & Residents, 2015

26 x 67.6 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 8

38 x 79.8 inches, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 15

Biography

Nick Brandt’s themes relate to the disappearing natural world, before much of it is destroyed by humankind. 

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 settings.  Shot on medium format film, these series portray animals as sentient creatures not so different from us.

In Inherit the Dust (2016), 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. Vicki Goldberg, the photography critic, wrote:

 “Brandt's astonishing panoramas... are a jolting combination of beauty, decay, and admonishment.  The result is an eloquent and complex "J'accuse", for the people are as victimized by "development" as the animals are.  The breadth, detail, and incongruity of Brandt's panoramas suggest a collision between Bruegel and an apocalypse in waiting."

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 color for the first time, in visually complex tableaux populated by both humans and animals, This Empty World is both a technical tour de force of contemporary image making and an ambitiously scaled project that uses constructed sets on a scale typically seen in major film productions.

Brandt has had solo gallery and museum shows around the world, including New York, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles.  Inherit the Dust most recently has been exhibited at Multimedia Museum of Art in Moscow and the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki.  Born and raised in England, Brandt now lives in the southern Californian mountains. He is co-founder of Big Life Foundation, fighting to protect the animals of a large area of Kenya and Tanzania.