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Monday June 6 2016 / Art & Design

Nick Brandt has been photographing African wildlife since 2001 and during that time has observed that the animals' natural habitat was being destroyed at an ever-alarming rate.

To highlight this plight, Brandt conceived of a series of huge photographs called Inherit the Earth. To create them he erected larger-than-life-sized portraits of Africa's four-legged inhabitants in landscapes where they once may have roamed but no longer. Rubbish dumps, quarries and warehouses have replaced the wild plains.

Brandt photographed the animals in East Africa, printed his photos in California − each to 10 metres/30 feet long − and then shipped the framed portraits back to Africa.

When setting up his huge photographic panels, Brandt paid particular attention to matching the horizon lines of the image with those of the land. He also waited patiently for the clouds in the landscape to match those in the photos.

Brandt revealed that, "I worried that I was exaggerating the situation, but at the end of the day, these photographs don't cover nearly the level of actual dystopia."

If you are in or visiting Berlin or Stockholm in the next few weeks or months, you can see Brandt's "Inherit the Dust" exhibition:
20th May – 11th September 2016 : Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm
13th May – 9th July 2016 : Camera Work, Berlin

And if you like your photography closer to home you can buy the beautiful "Inherit the Dust" coffee table book at

Suggested by
Ian Skellern