Man and nature on the French West Coast
After falling in love with Brittany on a recent trip, this photographer, who is passionate about nature, offers us a photographic study of the major emblematic tourist sites in Normandy and Brittany: from the Etretat cliffs to Mont St Michel, to the Ile de Bréhat and Noirmoutier. He seeks to contrast photos of these sites as they exist in the tourist’s imagination (post card snapshots) with a report on the current use made of these places and the way in which they are developed and shaped by man.
Born in Luverne, Minnesota, Jim Brandenburg travelled the world over for more than three decades as contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine. His features have been published by the most important national and international magazines, New York Times, Time, Life, Audubon, Smithsonian, Natural History, Geo, BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, Camera Natura, Airone, etc.
On top of the 23 stories he shot for National Geographic Society, he directed several television documentaries and produced and directed a National Geographic movie, White Wolf, and published several books : Chased by the light, Looking for the Summer, Brother Wolf, White Wolf, and four young adults books.
During the span of his long career, Jim Brandenburg received several prestigious awards, national and international. Twice nominated Magazine Photographer of the Year by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), celebrated as Photographer of the Year by Kodak and BBC Wildlife Magazine, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Nature Photographers Association, the Life Magazine Collector’s Edition Award by Life Magazine and « 20 Years of Great Images » Award by Photo District News. He also received a World Achievement Award during the Stockholm United Nations conference, for raising awareness of the public on environmental problems.