The re­ac­tion

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‘Brother Wolf’ proved to be a turn­ing point in Bran­den­burg’s ca­reer. As a re­sult of this im­age he de­voted the next few years to mak­ing a pho­to­graphic homage to wolves, and spent a to­tal of six months on Ellesmere Is­land doc­u­ment­ing the life of the white wolves of the Arc­tic. This ex­pe­ri­ence led to an award-win­ning book, White Wolf, which was fol­lowed by another best-seller, Brother Wolf, his ode to the tim­ber wolves of Min­nesota.

In at­tempt­ing to ex­plain his fascination with wolves, Bran­den­burg prefers to speak as a jour­nal­ist, some­thing he is well qual­i­fied to do as a past win­ner of World Press Photo: “I think it’s the most mis­un­der­stood and most per­se­cuted an­i­mal in the world. We hate wolves: Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood and other sto­ries. I like to tell the wolf’s story as a jour­nal­ist be­cause it has a very so­phis­ti­cated so­cial struc­ture. To me it’s a won­der­ful story.”

Fur­ther tes­ti­mony to Bran­den­burg’s global stand­ing in wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy came in Septem­ber, when the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum pub­lished a new book, 50 Years of Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, in cel­e­bra­tion of its golden an­niver­sary. The cover im­age is ‘Brother Wolf’.

Keith Wilson

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