„This book is to be displayed and left open
to a page that sings for a time.
It is as if I had made 240 limited edition prints
of my career and had given them to all of you …
this is truly meant as a BOOK for FRIENDS.“
Enjoy the first book of a brand new series … WILD is famed wildlife photographer Michael Nichols’ choice of his favourite images. Presented in chronological order from the beginning of his career in 1980, when he used Transparency film and was a Magnum photographer, until 2016, when he had embraced digital capture as the editor at large of National Geographic magazine. Shown without words to explain the images, Nichols is asking the viewer to “look and feel“.
Books for Friends is a unique ordering system for lifetime achievement books, retrospectives, long-term projects or topics of excellence. Only top-level photographers will be invited to found a club of the who’s who in documentary/reportage/street/fine art photography. These books will be available ONLY online on the website booksforfriends.photo. No bookstores, no museum shops, no middlemen.
Together with the publisher the photographers will create the book they have always dreamt of realizing. It is ultimately their book – no compromises at all.
The first 500 who buy the book WILD prior to production will receive their book with a handwritten dedication by Michael Nichols. All copies of the whole print run will be signed by Michael Nichols and will include a special edition letter-sized print (8.5″×11″ / 22×28cm). Our Friends will have a choice of three images.
As soon as the orders for 500 copies are in, the photographer and the publisher will get together to produce the book. This process will be documented and shared via social media to keep our Friends informed and to let them take part in the creation process until their personal copy is packed in a ‘Books for Friends’ cardboard box for shipping.
Some see him as the Indiana Jones of photography. To others, he is the man who made wildlife photography what it is today. To many, he is simply the best photographer in his field. Having announced his retirement at the age of 66, Michael “Nick” Nichols is without exaggeration a photojournalism icon. Before joining National Geographic and producing his 25 reports for the magazine, he collaborated with famed Magnum agency. A single objective has stuck with him from the very start of his career: to capture the wildest landscapes on our planet, and the creatures that call them home. Working in full immersion, he would spend months getting up-close and personal with the animals, their families, their behaviour and habitats.