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Book of the Week: A Pick by Elizabeth Avedon

Across the Ravaged Land by Nick Brandt. Abrams, 2013.
This week's Book of the Week is from curator and writer Elizabeth Avedon who has selected the final book of Nick Brandt's trilogy on the animals of eastern Africa, Across the Ravaged Land.

"'Dedicated to the billions of animals, past, present, and future, that have died without reason at the hands of man.' –Nick Brandt

The iconic image of a majestic lion before a storm, a cheetah and her cubs lying on a rock in the Serengeti, a herd of elephants on the move... from the first time I viewed Nick Brandt's heroic portraits of wildlife, I could feel the enormous power of his subjects through his images. Brandt brought out not only the impressive beauty of these imposing animals, but the dignity and reverence of their surroundings.

Now in his third book, Across the Ravaged Land, Brandt has taken his stately images to the next level, exposing a darker vision. These extraordinary photographs, shot between 2010 and 2012, are haunting. Through the series of dried and calcified animals out on a weathered and ravaged land, elephants watching protectively over an elephant skull, or lion and buffalo heads mounted on posts as trophies overlooking the Chyulu Hills of Kenya, Brandt brings us full circle back to a solemn close to his trilogy of books documenting the disappearing natural world and animals of East Africa." – Elizabeth Avedon

from Across the Ravaged Land by Nick Brandt

Photo by Jerry Atnip
Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and writer. The former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, she has received awards and recognition for her exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book: Avedon: 1949–1979 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and Richard Avedon: In the American West for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others. Elizabeth is a regular contributor to L'Oeil de la Photographie profiling notable leaders in the world of photography.

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