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Best of February 2019 – Nick Brandt : This Empty World


Contemporary British photographer Nick Brandt feels so passionately about the destruction of the African environment and the threat to both humans and animals, that he changed the whole way he works in order to realise his vision for This Empty World, his new body of work published by Thames and Hudson in February 2019, coinciding with exhibitions in London, New York and Los Angeles. Previously, Brandt had always worked in analogue black and white but this project demanded something very different. “I immediately imagined the photographs at night, with the unnatural, often garish and sickly colours of the modern human world. That was it. I would have to work in colour for the first time. No choice in the matter. Furthermore, if I was going to photograph in colour, then I wanted to embrace it… to use the colours as expressively as possible. As for switching from film to digital… there was no choice in the matter. I was simultaneously excited and scared.” Confrontational and direct, Brandt’s images are akin to cinematic fragments of a contemporary dystopian story in which men and animals – elephants, lions, jackals, hyenas, giraffes, rhinos,...

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