Nick Brandt in conversation with David Campany
Nick Brandt, Bus Station With Elephant & Red Bus, 2018. © Nick Brandt.
David Campany and Nick Brandt discuss Brandt’s first body of work in colour, This Empty World (2018). This Empty World addresses the escalating destruction of the natural world at the hands of humans, showing a world overwhelmed by runaway development where there is no longer space for animals to survive. Large-scale prints from This Empty World were shown at Photo London 2019 by Atlas Gallery.
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Nick Brandt’s themes relate to the disappearing natural world before much of it is destroyed by humankind. From 2001 to 2018, he has photographed in Africa. Brandt has had solo gallery and museum shows around the world, including New York, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles. Inherit the Dust most recently has been exhibited at Multimedia Museum of Art in Moscow and the National Museum of Finland in Helsinki. Born and raised in England, Brandt now lives in the southern Californian mountains. He is co-founder of Big Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to protect the animals of a large area of Kenya and Tanzania.
David Campany is a curator and writer, currently based in London. He teaches at the University of Westminster, London. Renowned for his engaging and rigorous writing, exhibitions and public speaking, David has worked worldwide with institutions including MoMA New York, Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Centre Pompidou, Le Bal, and the Stedelijk Museum. He is the curator of three-city Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, 2020 (Mannheim/Ludwigschafen/Heidelberg, Germany).