In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorialising the vanishing natural grander of East Africa. Focusing on of the world's last great populations of large mammals; elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas and their kin, he created two of the new century's most influential photographic books: On This Earth (2005) and A Shadow Falls (2009). His iconic portraits of these majestic animals express and empathy usually reserved for human subjects. The magisterial On This Earth, A Shadow Falls collects the most memorable images from Brandt's first two books, along with their accompanying essays. A testament to the bookmaker's craft, it is the first volume on Brandt's work to capture the superb quality of his remarkable, large format prints, which are notable for their velvet blacks and tonal subtleties. Brandt is currently completing the final volume of his trilogy documenting the fate of the great animals of East Africa.
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.