Nick Brandt (born in 1966, London) is a photographer who photographs exclusively in Africa, one of his goals being to record a last testament to the wild animals and places there before they are destroyed by the hands of man. In 2000, Brandt began working on a trilogy of photography books intended to capture both the splendor of East Africa and the threats posed to its wildlife. The first book, On This Earth, was published in 2005 and the second, A Shadow Falls, in 2009. Brandt shoots with black-and-white film and a medium-format camera. He does not use telephoto or zoom lenses, but rather captures the animals from close distances to better capture their personalities. Brandt has said, "I'm waiting for the moment where the animal seems like they're posing or where they've set themselves in a landscape like an Edward Curtis."