This Empty World - A new collection of images by celebrated photographer Nick Brandt - addresses the escalating destruction of the African natural world at the hands of humans, showing a world where, overwhelmed by runaway development, there is no longer space for the animals to survive. The people in the photos are also often helplessly swept along by the relenetless tide of 'progress'.
Each image is a combination of two moments in time, captured weeeks apart, almost all from the exact same locked-off camera position. Initially, a partial set is built and lit. Weeks, even months, follow, while the animals that inhabit the region become comfortable enough to enter the frame. Once the animals are captured on camera, the full sets - bridge and highway construction sites, a petrol station, a bus station and more - are built by the art department team. In all but a few of the photos, the camera remains fixed in place throughout.
A second sequence is then photographed with full set, and a large cast of people drawn from the local communities and beyond. The final large scale prints are a composite of the two elements. The book reproduces the panoramic tableaux at maximum size (30"/ 70cm) on the double page spreads.
Brandt contributes two essays: The first deals with the concept of the series, the second a behind-the-scenes description of the elaborate production, with multiple accompanying making-of photos. Note: the images were all photographed on local Maasai community land in Kenya. After the sets were removed and all their elements recycled with almost zero waste, no evidence of the shoot now remains in the landscape.
Moving into color photography for the first time, this monograph of new work from photographer Nick Brandt is both a technical tour de force of contemporary image making and an ambitiously scaled project that uses constructed sets of a scale typically seen in major film productions.
Thames & Hudson, London : "We are pleased to offer a special print edition to accompany the release of the book This Empty World. Two Limited Editions of 50 copies each, with your choice of one 2 × 14 inch print." GoSee: nickbrandt.com/text
About - Born in England, Nick Brandt first visited East Africa in 1995 and quickly fell in love with the land and its animals, prompting a switch in careers with a determination to photograph animals as never seen before. Nick co-founded Big Life Foundation with one of the most respected conservationists in East Africa, Richard Bonham.
On show: Nick Brandt, This Empty World . Februar 28, 2019 - April 27, 2019 . faheykleingallery.com
This Empty World - Photographs by Nick Brandt. . Thames & Hudson, London, United Kingdom, 2019 . 128 pages, 84 photos, 15" x 13" . $65 / £45, SIGNED COPIES are available online at photoeye.com or through galleries representing Nick Brandt . thisemptyworld.com & photoeye.com/bookstore