INHERIT THE DUST
124 pages, 68 tritone photos, 15" x 13"
Edwynn Houk Editions, March 1, 2016
Distributed by D.A.P in North America and by Thames & Hudson worldwide.
$65 / £45
SIGNED COPIES are available online at photoeye.com or through galleries representing Nick Brandt.
Three years after the conclusion of his trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls Across the Ravaged Land, Nick Brandt returns to East Africa to photograph the escalating changes to the continent’s natural world.
In a series of epic panoramas, Brandt records the impact of man in 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 within the photographs are oblivious to the presence of the panels and the animals featured in them, who are now no more than ghosts in the landscape. Some of the animals in the panels appear to be looking out at these destroyed landscapes with sadness, as if lamenting the loss of the world they once inhabited. By the end, we see that it is not just the animals who are the victims in this out of control world, but also the humans.
The panoramas constitute 2/3 of the book. The final third features portraits of the animals that were featured in the life-size panels, the kind of unique emotional animal portraiture for which Brandt is recognized.
Brandt contributes two essays: The first deals with the crisis facing the conservation of the natural world in East Africa, and the work of Big Life Foundation, the non-profit he cofounded in 2010, is doing to protect a critical part of it.
The second essay is a behind-the-scenes description of the elaborate production, with accompanying making-of photos.
"Nick Brandt’s ravishing portraits of African animals are like premonitory memorials, taken to aid the cause of staving off extinction. In Inherit the Dust, his astonishing panoramas of those portraits – installed as life-size panels in industrial and urban wastelands that have trampled the animals’ habitats – 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."
—Vicki Goldberg, Art Critic, Author
"The wasted lands in Inherit The Dust were once golden savannah, sprinkled with acacia trees, where elephants, big cats and rhinos roamed. These now dystopian landscapes – as Nick Brandt’s unvarnished, harrowing but stunning work reveals – brings us face to face with a crisis, both social and environmental, demanding the renewal of humanity itself."
—Kathryn Bigelow, Film Director, The Hurt Locker
"The images in Inherit The Dust are heart-wrenching and important. This tough new series is a call to action – if it is not too late – and pulls no punches in confronting us with the devastation of their habitat."
—Philippe Garner, Co-Chairman, Christies
"With Inherit The Dust, the quiet dignity of the animals that Nick Brandt photographs is shockingly juxtaposed against the indignity and disarray of our own. These haunting photographs force us to think about what we are doing, and who is at stake."
—Carl Safina, Author, Biologist, Beyond Words, What Animals Think & Feel
"Nick Brandt's magnificent, remarkable and truly original new work, Inherit The Dust, is a photographic essay in environmental ethics. He asks, in the most stark fashion: 'What are we doing to this planet? What have we gained, and what have we – and the other animals with whom we share our planet – lost?'"
—Peter Singer, Philosopher, Author, Animal Liberation
ACROSS THE RAVAGED LAND
120 pages, 52 quadtone plates, 15" x 13"
Abrams Books, September 2013
(Also to be published in French, German & Italian under different titles)
SIGNED COPIES can be purchased online at photoeye.com or through galleries in US, Europe, Australia representing Nick Brandt.
"Across The Ravaged Land" features 300-line quadtone reproductions by Meridian Printing in Rhode Island, the same printers that printed "On This Earth, A Shadow Falls."
From the Book Flap:
Across the Ravaged Land is the third and final volume in Nick Brandt's trilogy of books documenting the disappearing natural world and animals of East Africa.
The book’s title completes the sentence begun by the titles of his first two books:
On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across The Ravaged Land.
The new work offers a darker vision of a world still filled with a stunning beauty, but now tragically tainted and fast disappearing at the hands of man.
The book is the culmination of more than a decade of work, during which time populations of elephants, lions, and other large mammals have fallen precipitously. Over those years, the acuity of Brandt’s vision and his attachment to his subjects have intensified. His images of animals resonate with a simple idea: That the sentient creatures in his portraits are not so different from us and have an equal right to live.
In addition to his starkly powerful animal portraits, Brandt explores new themes, as humans make an appearance in his work for the first time in the form of the rangers, whose work it is to protect the animals. He also “repopulates” the epic landscape with remains of animals that he finds or introduces, including hunters’ trophy heads looking out over the lands where they once roamed, and preserved birds and bats calcified in soda lakes, appearing to pose for their portraits, alive again in death.
ON THIS EARTH, A SHADOW FALLS
192 pages, 90 plates (54 photos from A Shadow Falls, 36 Photos from On This Earth)
D.A.P. / Big Life Editions, July 2014
Linen cover with tipped-on image, 13.5" x 15.3" (34.3 x 39cm)
UNSIGNED 4th PRINTING AVAILABLE IN U.S / EUROPE
Available at better bookstores or Amazon.com. $160, but usually discounted significantly on Amazon.
Buy online at photoeye.com or through galleries in US, Europe, Australia representing Nick Brandt. $130
Introductions by Jane Goodall, Alice Sebold, Vicki Goldberg, Peter Singer & Nick Brandt.
Containing the 90 best photos selected from the first two books, available for the first time in one book. Featuring 300-line quadtone reproductions by Meridian Printing in Rhode Island, and printed under the photographer's supervision, the high-quality technique and attention to detail has allowed the book to succeed where the previous volumes have not.
For the first time in book form, the reproductions closely match the rich, velvety tonality and detail of the original prints, and, especially in the case of On This Earth, in a larger size than seen before.
A SHADOW FALLS
132 pages, 58 tritone plates, 12.3" x 15.3"
Abrams Books, September 2009
4th Printing, 2014 — The first ever good printing, as printed by Meridian (my amazing printers in Rhode Island)