A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols
7½ x 10 in. (19.1 x 25.4 cm) 350 pages ca. 150 four-color and blackand-white photographs Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59711-251-2 US $35.00 / CAD $47.95 / UK £25.00 June 2017 Limited-edition print available
By Melissa Harris Photographs by Michael Nichols
• An illustrated biography of National Geographic’s greatest wildlife photographer • Conveys Nichols’s epic life of adventure and contagious love for our planet • An essential and gripping read for all photography and wildlife enthusiasts A Wild Life is Michael “Nick” Nichols’s story, told with passion and insight by author and photo-editor Melissa Harris. Nichols’s 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’ cooperative 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. 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 editorat-large for photography in January 2008. From 1982 to [ 18 ]
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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).
Exhibition Schedule: Philadelphia Museum of Art June 27–September 17, 2017
Melissa Harris is editor-at-large of Aperture Foundation. She was editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine for over ten years, until 2012; has edited over fifty books; and has curated numerous photography exhibitions, at venues including Philadelphia Museum of Art; ICA, Boston; and DiverseWorks, Houston. A contributing editor of Interview, Harris teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Yale University, and New York University’s Tisch Photography and Imaging department.
The exhibition will then tour throughout the United Sates beginning fall 2017