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On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa [Hardcover]

Nick Brandt
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1 Aug 2005
This is a vision of Africa quite unlike any that have come before: photographs of wildlife as Fine Art. Nick Brandt depicts the animals of East Africa with an intimacy and artistry unmatched by other photographers who choose wildlife as their subject. The pictures in On This Earth portray a world of drama and poignancy, where the very souls of the animals seem to be revealed to us. Brandt creates these majestic photos - whether of moments of quintessential stillness or bursts of dramatic action - by engaging with these animals on an exceptionally intimate level, without the customary use of a telephoto lens. Evocative of classical art, from dignified portraits to sweeping natural tableaux, Brandt artfully and simply captures animals in their natural state of being. With a foreword by acclaimed novelist Alice Sebold and an introduction by Jane Goodall, On This Earth is a gorgeous portrait of some of the last wild animals - and a heartfelt elegy to a vanishing world.

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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811848655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811848657
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 31.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Brandt photographs exclusively in Africa, one of his goals being to record an elegy and last testament to the wild animals and places there before they are gone at the hands of man.

Starting in 2001, he has been working on a trilogy of books, the first two of which have been published together in the volume "On This Earth, A Shadow Falls". The final volume in the trilogy, completing the sentence, will be published in September 2013.

Brandt has had solo gallery and museum shows around the world, including in New York, London, Berlin, Paris and Los Angeles . Born and raised in England, he now lives in the southern Californian mountains.

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Nick Brandt has exhibited his photographs in solo shows around the world, including in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and New York. Born and raised in England, he now lives in California, with his wife and menagerie of adopted animals. This is his first book.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving 20 Aug 2007
This is a moving and beautiful collection of wildlife photographs. They capture the individuality and nobility of these animals. I especially like the ones of the lions. They truly are royalty in their kingdom.
One thought occured to me. Because some of these prints are sepia toned and look as if they were taken a century or more ago, I felt as if I was looking at creatures that were long dead. Jane Goodall states how tragic it would be if future generations were to look at these beautiful portraits and not be able to see them in the wild. Anyone looking at these photographs cannot fail to be moved by them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! 29 Oct 2005
This book shows how wildlife photographs should be. The views in this book are simply stunning and the use of black and white has created an album of such atmosphere you can feel yourself being drawn into its pages. I spent hours just staring at each page and taking in the feel of each scene.
Simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE! 15 May 2009
this book is really special, the best that I ever seen, it's really incredible!!! Wonderful work that can give you a very important and special emotion! Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nick Brandt is simply too good 9 Nov 2009
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I bought On This Earth after receiving A Shadow Falls as a bithday present. Both these books are stunning.

On This Earth is Nick Brandt first book and I can see how his skill with a Camera has improved between the two books. This is not to say his phosts are in way bad in this book. They are simply Stunning! A quick flick thru' this book and you realise how good Nick is. But examine each picture and you realise that Nick has a major talent, whichj makes my efforts at photography look feeble.

I also love the Sepia effect to these pieces of art and the fact that the wildlife in the shots is not necessarily the main focus.

There is a feeling of life to these pictures and you can almost feel that you were there looking over Nick shoulder when he pressed the shutter release.

This book is fab and would recommend it to anybody interested in Photography or African Wildlife!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Photography 5 Aug 2012
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What a wonderfull collection of photographs,Nicks use of the black and white medium is superb,like it has been said before, that, it realy does look like the animals are posing for him,he has a style all of his own,and with the way they have been printed [more than likely in the wet darkroom] brings the absolute best out of them, you can tell he has an absolute love and understanding of these African animals to get photographs like these, a fantastic book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 16 July 2012
i got this for reference and it was perfect!!!!!! amazing attention to detail and beautiful shots in great print and a great size book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing photographs 17 Aug 2010
Nick Brandt get great images and portraits of animals, giving you a close encounter with them. Looking forward to reading the next books of the trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On this earth review 14 Jun 2010
This book is just beautiful the way the animals are captured in their natural environment these images are fine art not just beautiful photography.
Also to consider is the way he has composed the shots, he has somehow caught a little but of the animals essence i find myself looking at some of the photographs and getting lost in them.
Also it was amazon who was my savior in being able to purchase the book at all as it was impossible to try buy this book through normal retail streams everywhere told me it was of of print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent images throughout
Published 1 month ago by Janette Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning
After my own safari trip, I found this guy's work and my eyes filled with tears. the photos are beautiful and capture so many wonderful memories for me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book
Some of the most amazing photographs. This book is like having a book of photographic printed material rather than a book of printed material. Stunning!
Published 20 months ago by MP
5.0 out of 5 stars Super first Brandt book
A generously sized book with great images very well printed on decent paper. Fans of Brandt's work with large African Mammals (including me) need not hesitate. Good value too!
Published 22 months ago by Mr. Gareth Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars on this earth
excellent book, informative and interesting .. but the photography .. Kenya is close to my heart .. these photos show her at her most serene.
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Starfinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Black and white photography at its best
What a beautiful book. Most of the photographs have an ephemeral 'other world' feel about them that transcends any serious description and has to be experienced. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2011 by Andrew James
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
great pics you can spend hours looking at each picture again and again
recommend highly
Published on 7 July 2010 by Squashams
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful!
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. You don't have to be an animal lover or activist to love these pictures. Nick Brandt is simply a genius! Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by Astrid Bjonness
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