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A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Michael Nichols

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A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Michael Nichols

About the Author:

Melissa Harris is editor-at-large of Aperture Foundation, where she has worked for more than twenty-five years, including as editor-in-chief of award-winning Aperture magazine from 2002 to 2012. Harris has also edited more than forty books for Aperture. As a curator, Harris has organized photography exhibitions for venues worldwide, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow; the Triennale di Milano; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan. Harris teaches at New York University in the Tisch Photography and Imaging department, and occasionally at Yale University. She served on New York City’s Community Board 5 for several years, and is a trustee of the John Cage Trust.

Michael “Nick” Nichols is an award-winning photographer whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world. He became a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named editor-at-large for photography in January 2008. From 1982 to 1995 he was a member of Magnum Photos. His previous books with Aperture are Gorilla (1989), with an essay by George Schaller; Brutal Kinship (2005), with an essay by Jane Goodall; and Earth to Sky: Among Africa’s Elephants, A Species in Crisis (2013).

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By Melissa Harris.

 

"Menaced by lizards in Indonesia, cuffed by a gorilla in Africa, stung by poisonous caterpillars in the world's deepest cave."  So ran the lead to a 1985 article describing Michael "Nick" Nichols. For more than three decades, Nichols has ventured to the farthest reaches of the world to document nature’s wildest creatures and landscapes. As an award-winning photographer for National Geographic, he has recorded animals and habitats in locations as expansive as the Congo Basin, the Serengeti, and the American West with an unparalleled intensity. A Wild Life is 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. This photo biography provides excellent background and context for your favorite Philadelphia Museum of Art Wild exhibition photos, and presents Nichols’s most important projects, highlighting his artistic accomplishments, technical innovations, and efforts to preserve wild spaces through additional stunning imagery. 

 

“What is wild? It is the essence of what I believe in. It means untamed. It means free. And it is the thing that most human beings have no concept of, because we think that we are in charge. The fundamental thing we have to do in this whole game is put that idea, that need to be in control, aside.”

—Michael Nichols

Details
  • Hardcover 
  • 10" x 1 1/3" x 7 1/2" 
  • 384 pages
  • Aperture, 2017
  • ISBN-10 1597112518
  • ISBN-13 978-1597112512
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