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Wolves are Jim Bran­den­burg’s best-known sub­ject…

What has been your proud­est mo­ment as a pho­tog­ra­pher?

There have been so many. I’ve been lucky, I’ve got a few im­ages that al­most ev­ery­body knows: the wolf show­ing just half a face peer­ing from be­hind the tree, shot in my back­yard. I’m proud that im­age is used a lot to speak of the wolf. The leap­ing wolf is an­other one. Did you know they were shot within the same month? They’re my two most fa­mous pic­tures, I sup­pose. Yet to­tally dif­fer­ent?

To­tally dif­fer­ent, but they’re both of wolves. Why is that? When I spoke to the press to­day, I talked about know­ing your sub­ject. Don’t run off to some ex­otic lo­ca­tion, but know your sub­ject. Pho­to­graph some­thing that you re­ally love be­cause it will show in the pho­to­graph. What is it about the wolf that you love?

Well, as a jour­nal­ist, I think it’s the most mis­un­der­stood and most per­se­cuted an­i­mal in the world. We hate wolves: Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood and other sto­ries. The wolf was a threat­ened species in Amer­ica but they took it off the threat­ened species list and within two months it was on the list for the hunt­ing sea­son. I like to tell the wolf’s story as a jour­nal­ist be­cause it has a very so­phis­ti­cated so­cial struc­ture. To me it’s just a won­der­ful story.

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