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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081095415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810954151
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 12.4 x 15.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Brandt's first book, On This Earth, is one of the most popular photography books of this decade. He lives in Topanga, California. Peter Singer is the author of the influential Animal Liberation. He lives in New York City. Vicki Goldberg is America's leading photography critic and historian. She lives in New Hampshire.

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Nick Brandt photographs exclusively in Africa, one of his goals being to record an elegy and last testament to the wild animals and natural world there before they are lost forever at the hands of man.

In the 12 years from 2001-2012, he worked on a trilogy of photographic essays, charting this disappearing world. The title of the three books form one consecutive sentence:
On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across The Ravaged Land."

Brandt has had multiple solo gallery and museum shows around the world, including in New York, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles.
Born and raised in England, he now lives in the southern Californian mountains.

He is co-founder of Big Life Foundation, fighting to protect the animals of a large area of Kenya and Tanzania.

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Great coffee table book.
Bonnie J. Ray
Every accolade that Nick Brandt receives is completely deserved.
Heidi R. Smith
The best book of images of animals I ever seen.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Shanaberger on September 23, 2009
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A Shadow Falls must be considered one of the most important works in Wildlife Art. Each photograph reads beautifully, and the scenery provides much more than a backdrop, it propels the viewer into the scene. The treatments applied to each image enhance the mood of the shot beautifully and show that the artist felt the scene as he captured it. Many scenes are so powerful as to truly humble the viewer. The scale of the book, its layout, and the procession of imagery is perfect. My only comment is that it would be nice for an artist's proof version to be released in the highest possible quality, as this would take the book to a neww level

I thoroughly enjoyed A Shadow Falls and would recommend the book for yourself, or as a gift to a family member or friend. It will be appreciated forever.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Morrison on October 16, 2009
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I am not the most eloquent of people, but Nick Brandt's work tends to make me wax more lyrical than anything else does. My wife bought me his first book a few years ago, and I literally had tears in my eyes looking through the pages. I thought that Nick would be unable to top that book, but I was wrong.
A Shadow Falls is a masterpiece of photography, and brings those who look at these images closer to the soul of the animals than any Nat Geo show ever could. Each image feels like an intimate encounter, like it's just you, and the animal, alone in the wild. You can almost sense that they know you are looking at them. They are allowing you to be so close. It's personal.
Nick does not use zoom lenses, or telephotos, so all the images bring you right up where he was. The startling detail of the king of the beasts, the lion, or the majestic herds of elephants making their treks in search of water, portrayed in a manner that tells a story. They're not just photos, they're so much more.
As a musician (and part time photographer), I always ask people what 5 albums would they want to have on their iPod if they were stranded on a desert island. By the same token, I know what book I would want by my side should I ever find myself in that predicament.
A Shadow Falls.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Kromhout on September 20, 2009
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Another book of Nick Brandt. About 20% bigger than his book 'On this earth', and Brandt's photo's deserve that. Almost unbelievable, astonishing photo's, portraits of African wildlife. Perfectly printed. If you love black and white photo's, or if you love African wildlife, or if you love portrait photography, this book is a must-have. Really.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kyla C. on March 16, 2010
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Beautiful, stunning images, saw this in person and had to get a copy. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that by the end you find some of the images start to become a little repetitive. Still very worth the purchase, highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy Coleman on January 4, 2010
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These are the best photographs of animals in the wild in Africa that I have ever seen.They are poetic evocations of the spirit and beauty of some of the last vestiges of wildlife in the world. If you are longing to go on safari but can't find a way, this book will transport you. If you have gone on safari and want a reminder of the wonders that you have seen this is the book for you,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Dobrin on October 9, 2009
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There are no words that can fully describe the feeling you get when looking at Nick Brandt's masterful photography in his newest book, A Shadow Falls. The pictures literally take your breathe away and makes your heart race. He captures the incredible beauty of Africa's treasures and one truly understands why it is so great to be alive on this earth. Thank you Nick, for letting us all see through your incredible eyes and heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi R. Smith on October 8, 2009
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Yet another masterpiece from Nick Brandt!! For any of his devotees such as myself, I have been patiently awaiting his followup to "On This Earth" and he certainly did not disappoint! The images are absolutely beautiful and surreal and haunting. It is a definite reminder to us all that the African wildlife he depicts in his books are both stunning and sadly doomed at the same time. Every accolade that Nick Brandt receives is completely deserved. He is an absolute master behind the camera and we are all lucky to be able to see Africa through his eyes. If you purchased "On This Earth" you MUST buy "A Shadow Falls" too! Absolutely my favorite present-day artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Francolini on November 23, 2009
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if you like photography B&W (sepia) and love animals this is the book for you. Peaceful images but at the same time the impact is strong. Poetic, stunning.... you can look at them for hours. I was luck to see an exhibition in New York of his pictures and could have bought at least 3-4 prints (if I would have won the lottery).
This is a book for people who LOVE art, photography or even just plain beautiful pictures !!! the best book I have bought after one of Avedon's or Salgado's books.
you will love it
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