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Nick Brandt: This Empty World

The damnation of animal life, the debasement of human life, the destructive conjugality between the two: it is not just the animals who are the victims of environmental devastation, but also the humans now inhabiting these landscapes. – Nick Brandt

©Nick Brandt, The Empty World Book Cover
©Nick Brandt, The Empty World Book Cover

Nick Brandt’s most recent effort to call attention to the “escalating destruction of the natural world at the hands of humans” is a powerful project, This Empty World, recently released as a book under the same title by Thames and Hudson and on exhibition in New York at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, through April 20th and the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles on display until April 27th, 2019.

The images in This Empty World are panoramic composites of  two source photographs, presenting “the wild animals and the people as equal victims in the impending annihilation of the natural world. His photographs show an earth where, overwhelmed by runaway development, there is no longer space for animals to survive. The people in the photos are also swept along by the relentless tide of “progress.”

The images were photographed on 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.

©Nick Brandt, Bridge Construction with Giraffe and Worker, 2018, from This Empty World
©Nick Brandt, Bridge Construction with Giraffe and Worker, 2018, from This Empty World

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