Michael “Nick” Nichols Lecture Event
Reception – 6:00 pm
Lecture – 7:00 pm
- Includes: admission for two people to the reception and the lecture (with premium seating), plus one autographed copy of the book, Earth to Sky: Among Africa’s Elephants, A Species in Crisis by Michael Nichols
- Includes: admission for one person to the reception and the lecture (with premium seating), plus one autographed copy of the book
Net proceeds from the event and book sales will go to Dr. Charles Foley’s Tarangire Elephant Project in Tanzania.
Michael “Nick” Nichols, a native of Alabama, is an award-winning photographer whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world. He became a staff photographer for the National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named editor at large in January 2008. Born in 1952, Nichols’s training in photography began when he was drafted into the U.S. Army’s photography unit in the early 1970s. He later studied his craft at the University of North Alabama, where he met his mentor, former Life magazine photographer Charles Moore.
He has photographed 25 stories for National Geographic magazine, most recently “The Short Happy Life of the Serengeti Lion” (NGM August 2013), breaking new ground in photographing the king of the beasts using infrared, a robot controlled mini-tank for eye-level views, and a tiny, camera-carrying electric helicopter. The December 2012 cover story of National Geographic magazine, “The World’s Largest Trees,” featured a 5-page foldout of a giant sequoia built from 126 images. The image was made during a California blizzard. This built upon the technique used in “Redwoods: The Super Trees” (NGM October 2009), where Nichols broke new ground in photography of the world’s tallest trees by using innovative rigging techniques to create an 84 image composite of a 300-foot-tall, 1,500-year-old redwood tree.
In fall of 2013, Aperture will publish Earth to Sky: Among Africa’s Elephants, A Species in Crisis. In this volume, Nichols highlights the elephant crisis through poignant images that bring us directly into their habitats—lush forests and open savannas, or stark landscapes ravaged by human intervention—to observe the animals’ daily engagements and activities