Since 2001, fine art photographer Nick Brandt has been documenting the vanishing natural world and animals of East Africa through his haunting, majestic portraits. Three years after the sombre conclusion of his African trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across the Ravaged Land, Brandt returned to East Africa to photograph the escalating devastation to the natural world of the continent.
In this new series of epic panoramas, Brandt records the impact of man on places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, Brandt erects a life size panel of one of his animal portrait photographs, setting the panels within a world of explosive urban development, factories, wasteland and quarries. The people in the photographs go about their daily lives, oblivious to the presence of the panels and the animals within them, who are effectively now no more than ghosts in the landscape.
But there is still a possibility to let the inheritance be more then dust. According to Brandt, the alternative to the devastation is long-term preservation of these unique eco systems. One example of this is the Massai tribe that, in collaboration with the Big Life Foundation, which provides salaried work and education, have adapted some of their traditions with the aim of saving wild life. “For example, there is no longer a need to kill a lion as a rite of passage. In addition, more than 300 local rangers are employed to protect the animals, an endeavour in which their extended families also participate.”
The monograph Inherit the Dust will be published by Edwynn Houk Editions and distributed by Thames & Hudson, released in March 2016, and includes two essays by Brandt. The book’s release coincides with the roll out of accompanying exhibitions featuring large-scale prints in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Stockholm and London, among other cities.
International press about Inherit The Dust:
“Nick Brandt’s latest work is both gorgeous and disturbing… Brandt has deftly turned his art into a call for action.”
— Jack Crager, American Photo, 10 Best New Photobooks Spring 2016
“Brandt’s new collection is his most powerful and heart-wrenching to date.”
— The Daily Beast
“Nick Brandt’s epic panoramas serve as a heartbreaking epitaph to a paradise lost.”
— Sunday Times UK
“Jarring and powerful…the photos are as beautiful as they are melancholy.”
“An evocative portrait of change and loss”.
— Wall Street Journal