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Exclusive: an interview with Nick Brandt

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After my review of his first book, I received a very complimentary email from Nick thanking me for my review and expressing something between relief and gratitude that the lengths he went to to get to prints right were being appreciated. A short correspondence developed, and he has very graciously agreed to an exclusive interview for the site, which follows my review of the final book in the series – Across The Ravaged Land – and constitutes today’s post. I admit that writing the questions for that interview made me somewhat nervous, because Nick is one of my few true photographic heroes; a rockstar with integrity, talent, and beyond that, passion. Let us begin.

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Book review: Across The Ravaged Land, by Nick Brandt

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I think many of you will recall me being quite blown away by the power of the images and the quality of the printing/ presentation in my review of Nick Brandt’s earlier twin book On This Earth, A Shadow Falls (here). I’m fairly sure many of you were too, judging from my email traffic, the comments, and the number of orders via Amazon. I’ve turned into an enormous fan of Nick’s work: he is the photographer’s photographer, a man who clearly thinks about what he’s doing, photographs with integrity, for a reason, with an idea, with the most appropriate tool for the job, and presents the images in the best possible way. Across The Ravaged Land, the final volume in the trilogy, raises the bar even further. I spent an hour with the book and felt like I’d been smacked upside the head with the Pentax 67II he favours. Allow me to explain why.

Note: in this article, I’ve attempted to reproduce the tonal feel and colour of the images as accurately as possible, but reality is that it’s simply impossible to do so via a screen and a JPEG. Just buy the book, and from the print quality alone you’ll see why every photographer should spend some time making prints. I can’t even begin to imagine the impact of the large format images.

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Book review: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt

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Spoiler alert: my product photos in no way do this book justice. Not even close.

This article is going to be much less of a review than a gushing of praise; if you have a single photographic bone in your body, enjoy fine art printing, or photo books, or nature, or animals, or Africa, or any combination of the above – I think you’ll be blown away by this book. And at current discounts, it’s a steal for what you’re getting. I’d actually held off writing the review for some months simply because I wanted to a) have another chance to really study the images without the initial awe (it didn’t work, the awe is still there) and b) find a way to adequately express how they make me feel, as the audience.

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Discussion points: Influences

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From the series ‘Only The Clouds are Truly Free’, inspired by the work of Magritte

Following on from the previous article on finding inspiration – it makes sense to throw another question out to the audience – who are your inspirations? Hopefully, you might find something you’ve not seen before. The more I’ve been asked this question, the more I’ve found myself allowing increased weight to non-photographic themes: creativity is a fluid, difficult-to-define thing, and sources can be pretty much anything: other photographers; artists in different media; music; a season; muses; objects; locations; even (ahem) hardware.

I’ll go first, after the jump. MT

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On the curation of a book

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Though a book of photographs is something that I’ve been asked for time and again – I’ve honestly felt that it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to do, both because ultimately the audience is quite limited, and because the economics are a bit of a disaster if you care the slightest about quality. Speaking to many possible publishers, printers, and photographers who’ve done it (including those considered to be highly successful in this game, such as Nick Brandt) – it’s clear to me that any sort of photographic-only book is only worth doing if somebody with deep pockets is funding it for you. For example, Brandt doesn’t break even on any of his books – because his required standards for printing are so high; the problem is once you’ve seen what’s possible, it’s very difficult to compromise. Yet…I’ve not only decided to do one, but my editor and I are well into the process of putting it together already. Why? Let me attempt to rationalise – and share some of the frustrations…

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The Q&A post: answers, part II

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Gratuitously painterly header image.

Continued from part one. Read on…

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The book that was not to be (or the print-on-demand conundrum)

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I’ve wanted to present a book for a while, because I agree with these who’ve suggested in the past it’s an excellent way of presenting a set in a controlled and curated way – but have always held off for a couple of reasons; firstly, the work I want to present wasn’t finished enough to form a complete idea; secondly, there are challenges associated with economics, distribution, quality, etc. I thought I found a good enough solution…until the proofs arrived, and all of those things crashed back down to earth. So instead I’m going to offer you an apology.

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Equipment reviews

This page will contain an archive of all of the main articles I’ve written by category and sorted with the most recent first – it seems that there are some fundamental navigational issues with WordPress that I can’t get around other than by manually updating this page with every new article. It’s a work in progress, of course…

Last update 6 March 2019

Nikon
The Nikon D810 review: a worthy D800E upgrade? (29 Jul 2014)
Photoessay-review: A rainy evening, and summary thoughts on the Nikon D4 (7 Jun 2014)
Photoessay-review: the Nikon AFS 70-200/4 VR and Havana cityscapes, part I (30 May 2014) (30 May 2014)
Rational love: the D800E long term report (2 Apr 2014)
Tested: the 2013 Nikon Df (24 Dec 2013)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part II (18 Dec 2013)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part I (17 Dec 2013)
Retro for the sake of retro: thoughts on the Nikon Df (5 Nov 2013)
FD Shooting with the legends: the Nikon AI-S 58/1.2 Noct-Nikkor (6 Aug 2013)
FD Shooting with the legends: The Nikon F6 (25 Jul 13)
FD Shooting with the legends: The Nikon F2 Titan (23 Jul 13)
Battle of the 28mm compacts: Ricoh GR vs Nikon Coolpix A (7 May 2013)
Lens review: The Nikon AF-S 80-400/4.5-5.6 G ED VR II N (2 May 2013)
Review: The Nikon Coolpix A (26 Apr 2013)
Quick first thoughts – Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji Finepix X20 (7 Apr 2013)
Major D800/ D800E firmware update (additional: more Nikons, ACR 7.4 final) (2 Apr 2013)
Lens review: The Nikon AFS 60/2.8 G Micro (2 Feb 2013)
Lens review: The Nikon AF-S 85/1.8 G (23 Nov 2012)
Mid term report: The Nikon D800E (27 Oct 2012)
The Nikon D600 review: full frame for the masses? (24 Sep 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D3, part two (3 Aug 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D3, part one (2 Aug 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D200, part one (26 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D200, part one (24 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D2H, part 2 (20 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D2H, part 1 (18 Jul 2012)
Nikon D800/ D800E left focus problem update: fixed successfully! (4 Jul 2012)
Review: The Nikon AFS 28/1.8 G (4 Jul 2012)
How to tell if your D800/ D800E/ D4 has the ‘left focusing problem’ (3 Jul 2012)
Recommended lenses for the Nikon D800E (30 Jun 2012)
Good news: there’s an official Nikon D800/D800E focusing fix! (29 Jun 2012)
Minor firmware update: Nikon D800/ D800E (29 May 2012)
May 10, Part 3: Bayer vs. non-Bayer: Leica M-Monochrom vs. Nikon D800E (27 May 2012)
Lens review: The Nikon AF-S 85/1.4 G (7 May 2012)
An unfair fight? 35mm vs Medium Format: Nikon D800E and the Leica S2-P (5 May 2012)
Just arrived: Nikon D800E (3 May 2012)
Long term review postponed: The Nikon D800 (1 May 2012)
Review: A controversial lens: the Nikon AFS 28-300/3.5-5.6 VR G (26 Apr 2012)
And the Nikon D800 autofocus saga continues (with some comments on specific lens performance) (5 Apr 2012)
Nikon D800 quick update: diffraction and studio work (2 Apr 2012)
Update on Nikon D800 focusing issues (30 Mar 2012)
Popular Nikon D800 woes, problems and solutions (29 Mar 2012)
More D800 autofocus observations (27 Mar 2012)
A very long term (and final) review: the Nikon D700 (25 Mar 2012)
A quick note on D800 autofocus… (24 Mar 2012)
A couple more D800 images, and some commentary (24 Mar 2012)
Nikon D800 review update: daylight shooting (23 Mar 2012)
A (very detailed) first impressions review: the Nikon D800 (23 Mar 2012)
Nikon D4 ergonomics (18 Mar 2012)

Zeiss
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part II (18 Dec 2013)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part I (17 Dec 2013)
Review: The Carl Zeiss ZF.2 2.8/21 Distagon T* (12 Sep 2012)
Revisited and reviewed: The Zeiss ZF.2 2/100 Makro-Planar T* (27 Jul 2012)
Long term review: The Carl Zeiss ZF.2 2/28 Distagon T* (19 Jul 2012)

Leica
World premiere: The 2014 Leica T (Typ 701) review (24 Apr 2014)
The 2013 Leica X Vario (Typ 107) review (29 Jun 2013)
The missing Leica X Vario review (13 Jun 2013)
Photoessay: Monochrome vignettes from Shwedagon Pagoda with the Leica M Typ 240 (4 May 2013)
Photoessay: Chinatown cinematics, and using the Leica 50/1.4 ASPH on the OM-D (16 Apr 2013)
Review: The Leica D-Lux 6/ Panasonic LX7 (25 Mar 2013)
B&W samples from the Leica M Typ 240 (1 Mar 2013)
Lens review: The Leica 35/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH FLE (28 Feb 2013)
The 2013 Leica M Typ 240 (22 Feb 2013)
Just got interviewed on the Leica blog… (8 Nov 2012)
Quick hands-on: The 2012 Leica M (Typ 240) (25 Oct 2012)
New: Photoshop Workflow DVD for the Leica M Monochrom! (4 Aug 2012)
Review: The Panasonic Leica 45/2.8 Macro-Elmarit for Micro Four Thirds (2 Sep 2012)
Revisiting the Leica M8: a cheap entry into digital rangefinders? (12 Jul 2012)
More street images from the Leica 50/2 APO-Summicron ASPH and M9-P (21 Jun 2012)
Leica M rangefinder calibration service (8 Jun 2012)
More street images from the Leica M-Monochrom (1 Jun 2012)
Landscapes with the Leica M-Monochrom (28 May 2012)
May 10, Part 3: Bayer vs. non-Bayer: Leica M-Monochrom vs. Nikon D800E (27 May 2012)
May 10, Part 2: The Leica APO-Summicron-M 50/2 ASPH review, and a comparison (25 May 2012)
May 10, Part 1: The Leica M-Monochrom review (23 May 2012)
More B&W sample images from the Leica X2 (14 May 2012)
Exclusive premiere: The full Leica X2 review (11 May 2012)
An unfair fight? 35mm vs Medium Format: Nikon D800E and the Leica S2-P (5 May 2012)
Catwalk fashion with a Leica M (21 Apr 2012)
On assignment and studio review: Watch photography with the Leica M9-P (13 Apr 2012)
Breaking news: Leica + Apple partnership! (it appears that six months later, I was actually correct – Ive is designing a custom M…) (1 Apr 2012)
Review: The Leica X1 (30 Mar 2012)
Quick tip for the Leica M9: toggling images while zoomed in (21 Mar 2012)
Quick review: The Leica D-Lux 5 (5 March 2012)
Long term review: The Leica M9-P (3 March 2012)
Review: The Leica 50/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH (1 March 2012)
The perils of lots of ideas, but not enough sleep (25 Feb 2012)
Featured on the official Leica blog (12 Feb 2012)

Medium Format
The Pentax 645Z review, part III: SDM lenses and long exposures (15 Jul 2014)
Review: The Pentax 645Z, part II: compared to the 645D, Nikon D800E and Hasselblad CFV-39 (29 Jun 14)
Review: The Pentax 645Z, part I (27 Jun 2014)
MF digital goes mainstream: early thoughts on the Pentax 645Z (18 April 2014)
Medium format digital in the field (12 Apr 2014)
How I landed up going medium format digital… (7 Sep 2013)
A quick introduction to Hasselblad V-series cameras (26 Jan 2013)
Experience log: the Hasselblad H4D-40 and medium format (25 Nov 2012)

Micro Four Thirds/ CSCs
Review: the 2019 Olympus ZD 12-200 f3.5-6.3 (27 Feb 2019)
New Olympus E-M1 firmware (1 Apr 2014)
Review: The Panasonic Lumix GM1 (7 Mar 2014)
Review: The 2013 Sony A7R (8 Jan 2014)
Preview: The 2013 Fujifilm X-E2 (18 Oct 2013)
Quick thoughts on the Sony A7 and A7R (16 Oct 2013)
Olympus OM-D E-M1 review updated with thoughts on RAW quality (18 Oct 2013)
Lens review: The Olympus 12-40/2.8 M.Zuiko PRO (13 Sep 2013)
The 2013 Olympus OM-D E-M1 review, part two: some comparisons (11 Sep 2013)
The 2013 Olympus OM-D E-M1 review, part one: the camera (10 Sep 2013)
Just updated the Olympus E-P5 review… (18 Jun 2013)
Lens review: The Panasonic Lumix Vario PZ 14-42/3.5-5.6 X G (14 Jun 2013)
Working preview: The OIympus PEN E-P5 (10 May 2013)
Photoessay: Chinatown cinematics, and using the Leica 50/1.4 ASPH on the OM-D (16 Apr 2013)
Review: The Panasonic Lumix GH3 (17 Mar 2013)
Project: Creating a multispectral camera (6 Jan 2013)
Lens review: The Olympus ZD 12/2 (27 Dec 2012)
Comparative lens review: The Olympus M. Zuiko Digital 17/1.8 (17 Nov 2012)
Quick review: The Olympus 15/8 Body Cap Lens (15 Oct 2012)
The Olympus E-PL5 PEN Lite review: a mini-OM-D (25 Sep 2012)
Macro shootout on Micro Four Thirds: four lenses, one winner (22 Sep 2012)
Review: The Olympus ZD 60mm f2.8 Macro and FL-600R wireless flash system (21 Sep 2012)
Review: The Panasonic 100-300/4-5.6 Lumix G Vario for Micro Four Thirds (20 Sep 2012)
Review: The Panasonic Leica 45/2.8 Macro-Elmarit for Micro Four Thirds (2 Sep 2012)
Watch photography with the Olympus OM-D, and thoughts on its use as a backup system (31 Aug 2012)
Review: the Voigtlander 25/0.95 Nokton MFT (16 Aug 2012)
Review: The Olympus ZD 75/1.8 for Micro Four Thirds (22 Jul 2012)
Lens review: The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-50/3.5-6.3 EZ for Micro Four Thirds (7 Jul 2012)
Olympus OM-D lockup problems (19 Jun 2012)
Shooting professionally with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (7 Jun 12)
Full review: The Olympus OM-D E-M5 (2 Jun 12)
Lens review: The Olympus ZD 45/1.8 (17 May 2012)
POTD: The man with the microphone, and some OM-D first impressions (9 May 2012)
Mirrorless system lens compatibility recommendations (2 Apr 2012)
Long term review: The Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini (15 Mar 2012)

Compacts/ Large-sensor fixed lens
Review: Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Mark III (25 Jun 2014)
Review: The Sony RX10 (3 Jan 2014)
Review: The Sigma DP3 Merrill (7 Jul 2013)
Decision time (28 May 2013)
Battle of the 28mm compacts: Ricoh GR vs Nikon Coolpix A (7 May 2013)
Review: The 2013 Ricoh GR (digital V) (6 May 2013)
Quick first thoughts – Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji Finepix X20 (7 Apr 2013)
The trouble with compacts (24 Apr 2013)
Review: The Fuji FinePix X20 (19 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on the Apple iPhone 5 camera (31 Mar 2013)
Review: The Leica D-Lux 6/ Panasonic LX7 (25 Mar 2013)
Review: The Fuji FinePix XF1 (13 Nov 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Panasonic LX3 (13 Aug 2012)
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 – a somewhat comparative review (6 Aug 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Ricoh GR Digital III (30 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Canon SD780IS/ IXUS 100 IS (28 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: The Panasonic TZ3 (15 Jul 2012)
The iPhone as a camera (10 Jun 2012)
Professional photography with compact cameras (12 Apr 2012)

Other cameras and lenses
Review: The Schneider PC-TS 2.8/50 Super Angulon and 4.5/90 Makro Symmar (18 Mar 14)
Revisiting the past: the 2003 Olympus E-1 (7 Feb 2014)
Xmas 2013 picks (3 Dec 2013)
What am I using now? (4 Nov 2013)
Tilt shift world cup: Korea vs. Japan: Rokinon/Samyang 24/3.5 T-S vs Nikon PCE 24/3.5 (1 Sep 2013)
Ultimate tripod heads, part two: the Arca-Swiss P0 Monoball (20 Aug 13)
Ultimate tripod heads, part one: the Arca-Swiss C1 Cube (18 Aug 2013)
Review: The 2013 Ricoh GR (digital V) (6 May 2013)
A quick post-USA trip gear evaluation (18 Apr 2013)
Announcing the Ricoh GR (Digital V) (17 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on system choices, part two (10 Apr 2013)
Thoughts on system choices, part one (8 Apr 2013)
Quick first thoughts – Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji Finepix X20 (7 Apr 2013)
The recommended gear list (2 Mar 2013)
Great Nikon lens deals (17 Feb 2013)
Review: The Ricoh GR1v (16 Feb 2013)
Review: The Contax T3 (14 Feb 2013)
Project: Creating a multispectral camera (6 Jan 2013)
My end-2012 picks – or a Christmas gift list for photographers (8 Dec 2012)
Lens review: The Voigtlander Color-Skopar 28/2.8 AI-P SLII (7 Dec 2012)
Quick thoughts/ hands on: The Hasselblad Lunar (28 Nov 12)
Photokina 2012 commentary and opinions (23 Sep 2012)
Hands-on-preview: Sony A99, NEX-6, NEX-5R (13 Sep 2012)
For the curious, a dissertation of opinions on my current equipment choices (10 Jul 2012)
Some thoughts on digital camera lifespan (22 Jun 2012)
2012 Equipment picks for travel photography (20 Jun 2012)
The ideal camera (8 Apr 2012)
Some of my favourite lenses (17 Mar 2012)
CES 2012: thoughts on the new cameras (12 Feb 2012)

General equipment, books and accessories
OT review: a thousand kilometers in the 2019 BMW M5 (5 Mar 2019)
OT review: the 2018/9 BMW M2, midterm (28 Sep 2018)
Analysis: Photokina 2016 (28 Sep 2016)
Exclusive: an interview with Nick Brandt (9 Dec 2013)
Book review: Across The Ravaged Land, by Nick Brandt (7 Dec 2013)
A very OT review: the 2013 BMW Z4 28i (27 Nov 2013)
Book review: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt (21 Sep 2013)
Ultimate tripod heads, part two: the Arca-Swiss P0 Monoball (20 Aug 13)
Ultimate tripod heads, part one: the Arca-Swiss C1 Cube (18 Aug 2013)
Review: the Wacom Cintiq 13HD tablet (16 Jun 2013)
Quick review: CarrySpeed DS-2 sling strap (5 Feb 2013)
Book review: Vivian Maier, Street Photographer (10 Aug 2012)
Stability, tripods, and reviews: The Gitzo GT5562LTS 6x Systematic and GT1542 Traveller (29 Jul 2012)
Book review: Workers, by Sebastiao Salgado (6 Jul 2012)
Book review: Supercell by Kevin Erskine (18 Jun 2012)
Book review: Magnum Contact Sheets (14 Apr 2012)

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Transcending the process

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The final article in this series on printing leaves behind the technique and even the images to consider a far deeper philosophical consideration: art vs. the process vs. the result. To make a successful image, there are three primary considerations: the idea, the execution, and the display medium. Most photographers struggle to manage more than one of these – there are a lot of people who are very good at shooting brick walls and test charts and can remember ever single custom function of their cameras, but cannot compose at all. Similarly, there are a lot of people who point and shoot with their phones but are quite gifted compositionally; yet they are frustrated by their inability to capture what they imagine. And both groups almost never think about how the finished work is to be presented and viewed.

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Interview: Printmaster Wesley Wong, part one

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Today’s post is a little different: following on from the excellent reception given to my interview with Nick Brandt, and my current focus on pushing print limits, it is high time we heard from the print master himself – Wesley Wong. I can say plenty about the process, but there are a lot of areas in which is expertise greatly outstrips my own. I also strongly believe that he is an integral part of the artistic process of bringing an image to its final form, and that my print buyers – thank you – would also enjoy meeting the man, albeit virtually. It’s a lengthy discourse as there’s a lot of ground to cover, so the interview will be split into two parts. Read on…

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