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For years, Joachim Schmeisser has been photographing the last giants of Africa at close range, creating exceptionally intimate portraits of species threatened with extinction.
In his new series – The Last Of Their Kind – he focuses on the beauty of creation and its fragile transience.
These striking images are timeless works that can be interpreted on different levels: as depictions of a distant past or as iconic memories in a not too distant future in which we can only admire these majestic creatures in zoos. They are both an homage and a final warning - visual revelations that sharpen our clouded view of nature in all its infinite complexity as well as recognizing what treasures we might irretrievably lose.
Dickhäuter auf Fotopapier – Joachim Schmeisser im interview mit der BR Abendschau vom 24. November 2017
Behind the scenes – Elephants in heaven Part I
Behind the scenes – Elephants in heaven Part II