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A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols
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Melissa Harris Michael Nichols
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A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols

Melissa Harris Michael Nichols



Individual photographers;
Mathematics & Sciences


350 pages

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A Wild Life is Michael Nick Nichols's story, told with passion and insight by author and photo-editor Melissa Harris. Nichols' story combines a life of adventure, with a conviction about how we can redeem the human race by protecting our wildlife. The book's two central characters are the photographer - who journeys from the American South, via the photographers' co-operative Magnum, to becoming lead wildlife photographer of National Geographic magazine - and the author, who travels with the photographer on assignment in Africa, to gain intimate and deep insight into her subject. Harris's story also draws on meetings with some of the world's leading eco-scientists - including legendary primatologist, Jane Goodall.

By:   Melissa Harris, Michael Nichols
Imprint:   Aperture
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 189mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   1.340kg
ISBN:   9781597112512
ISBN 10:   1597112518
Pages:   350
Publication Date:   June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael 'Nick' Nichols has for decades created powerful and eloquent images of iconic wildlife species. His vision is to stir the emotions of viewers leading to empathy and conservation. Melissa Harris has provided a sparkling text not just of Nick and his colleagues at work in the field, but one which provides many fascinating insights into the conservation issues related to his photographic quests. Among these are the survival of mountain gorillas during nearly six decades of civil war in their realm, the horrendous elephant slaughter for ivory, and the ethics of trophy hunting, of killing lions for pleasure. This is an illuminating and honest book about some of the world's greatest natural treasures and those who strive to protect them.--George B. Schaller, author of The Serengeti Lion and The Year of the Gorilla I love Nick because of his bravery and love of animals. I love the way he's able to integrate himself into the lives of animals in their habitats. He becomes part of them, which is extraordinary; no one else does that. He's not showing us anything sentimental about animals. He's a realist. So we're seeing the intimate side of the lives of animals. I'm amazed he can do that. He's patient. Nick's work is wonderful. I love the fact that he's able to show us that intimacy.--Mary Ellen Mark, author of Tiny: Streetwise Revisited and Man and Beast Nick and Melissa give us photography in concentrated form, brilliantly seized and wonderfully explained.--Robert Farris Thompson, author of Tango: The Art History of Love and Flash of the Spirit

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