Nick Brandt was born in 1966 and raised in London, England, Brandt studied Painting, and then Film at Saint Martin’s School of Art.
Nick Brandt moved to the United States in 1992 and directed many award-winning music videos for the likes of Michael Jackson (“Childhood”, “Earth Song”, “Stranger in Moscow”, “Cry”, “One More Chance”), Moby, Grayson Hugh, Jewel (singer), XTC, Badly Drawn Boy.
It was while directing “Earth Song”, a music video for Jackson in Tanzania, in 1995 that Brandt fell in love with the animals and land of East Africa. Over the next few years, frustrated that he could not capture on film his feelings about and love for animals, he realized there was a way to achieve this through photography, in a way that he felt no-one had really done before.
Nick Brandt does not use telephoto lenses because he believes that being close to the animals make a huge difference in his ability to reveal their personality. He writes: “You wouldn’t take a portrait of a human being from a hundred feet away and expect to capture their spirit; you’d move in close.”