In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorializing the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. Focusing on some 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, now out of print) and A Shadow Falls (2009). His iconic portraits of these majestic animals express an 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 velvety blacks and tonal subtleties. At 15 × 13 inches it is substantially larger than his previous books, and it comes in a handsome cloth binding with a tipped-in plate on the front.
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Nick Brandt's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall is a UN Messenger of Peace. Alice Sebold is the author of The Lovely Bones. Peter Singer is the author of Animal Liberation and The Life You Can Save. Vicki Goldberg is a leading photography critic and historian.