Elephants in Dust

Nick Brandt’s portraits of East African wildlife are shot in crisp, metallic black and white, but they capture a dynamic informality in their subjects. It’s as if the creatures Brandt encounters are unaware of his presence and have not had time to arrange themselves at their best. An elephant, ragged ears flapping, shuffles toward the camera, weighed down by broken tusks. A rhinoceros in profile displays a hide covered with nicks and gashes. A buffalo peers into the camera, one of its...

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