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Joachim Schmeisser
Soulmates, Elephant, black and white photography, wildlife

2017

$9,313.04

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Edition of 10 More sizes on request Two orphaned baby elephants from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust cuddling each other in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya. Born in Germany in 1958, Joachim Schmeisser is best known for his major photographic series he has done in East Africa – his iconic portraiture of Elephants. He started this project in 2009 and in 2012, Joachim Schmeisser won the prestigious Hasselblad Award for this work. In 2017 his book »Elephants in Heaven« was launched by the German Publisher TeNeues and sold out within 4 months. » I feel like this work—for me—is an unprecedented example of the perfect balance between creating an icon, and working with an icon.« writes Art Editor Fridey Mickel of the TAZ Berlin about his work. Matthias Harder, Chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation Berlin speaks in his foreword about him as a man of conviction with an ecological, visual approach: »Schmeisser’s insightful images call us to action, to get involved in nature and species conservation so that the last stretches of wilderness that remain in our world will continue to exist for a long time to come—especially this incomparable, African ecosystem with its veritable mythical giants of nature. Many photographers have had and continue to have enormous empathy for their fellow human beings, as can be seen in their portraits and street photos. But here we are dealing with a man who has a special place in his heart for animals, for maltreated creatures, and the need to protect them—his photo series simultaneously pays homage to the beauty of nature. Like in street photography, Joachim Schmeisser has to react spontaneously to the situations that unfold in front of his camera. It is not possible to stage this kind of animal photography. We can therefore note the enormous authenticity in Schmeisser’s elephant photos that has, plain and simple, been lost in many other areas of photography.« – Photography, Animal, Africa, Wildlife, Nature, Large Format, Tusks, Elephant, Portrait, Close-Up, iconic, black and white photography

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