The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Nick Brandt: The Day May Break, an exhibition of new works, made in 2020, as part of the first in a global series of images portraying people and animals that have been impacted by environmental degradation and destruction.
Alice, Stanley and Nadin, Kenya 2020 © Nick Brandt
The photographs from The Day May Break were taken at five sanctuaries & conservancies in Kenya and Zimbabwe. The animals featured in this series are almost all long-term rescues, victims of everything from the poaching of their parents, to habitat destruction and poisoning. The human subjects have all been badly affected by climate change - some displaced by cyclones that destroyed their homes, others displaced and impoverished by years-long severe droughts. Both subjects share the same space and are shot together in the same frame - at the same time. The images from The Day May Break, as with all of Brandt’s works, are an investigation into and a plea for the conservation of the natural world.
Crafted using light and fog, there is a nearly disorienting visual aesthetic. The images portray a quiet, almost enchanted, sense of tragedy and loss. However, in spite of their loss, these people and animals are the survivors. And therein lies possibility and hope.
The new book, The Day May Break (Hatje Cantz, 2021; 168 pages) contains 60 photographs and essays by authors Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Percival Everett, along with an essay by Nick Brandt - and is available for purchase through the gallery (while supplies last) for $65.