Photographer and environmentalist David Gulden‘s connection to the land and wildlife of Kenya began when he was 15 and traveled with his father on safari. This connection grew to advocacy, and the 66 black and white photographs collected in his second monograph, Nor Dread, Nor Hope Attend (Damiani, October 2020), reflect this commitment to relaying the truth of the impacts of declining habitats, while simultaneously showing the fierce beauty of both the animals of the African plains, and the expansive landscape itself. Gulden’s process signals his respect for the animals and their daily life he witnesses. The large format images are presented with no digital alterations, such as compositing or changes to the physical reality of the images. When taking photos, Gulden moves as close as possible with half the images taken with a 50 mm lens. He trusts the natural world to deliver. “When I photograph, I succumb to the beauty and to the science of the subject. I do not wish to create images purporting to be more beautiful than the reality being photographed. I do not try to make the old...
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