Within Laurent Baheux lies a burning desire to preserve nature’s primitive spectacle and take action for the protection of animals, which he does by breathing soul and individuality into his subjects. In The Family Album of Wild Africa, he portrays the intimate bond between the mammals of the Dark Continent and the human race. By emphasising an expression or a posture, he allows the viewer to make their own interpretation, rather than imposing a documentary vision. “I take photographs based on my gut instinct. For me, the thing that matters the most is the connection,” he often says about his approach.
This new opus is an impressive collection of more than 300 images, nearly half of which are exclusives, and is his second major work in only a few years – a rare feat for a contemporary photographer. “It’s a landmark photographic work,” confirms the prestigious publishing house teNeues.
Laurent Baheux is a French-born photographer, who hails from Poitiers. Ever since a 2002 visit to Tanzania, he has been photographing Africa’s dwindling wild fauna, portraying their beauty, strength and majesty, while also emphasizing their vulnerability and the fragility of the environments in which they dwell. In addition to the consciousness-raising that is inherent in his photographic work, he accompanies and supports the deeds of organizations such as The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) that work for the protection of nature and the preservation of biodiversity. Baheux is keenly aware that his pictures can help create public awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting wildlife. As well as an undeniable aesthetic appeal, his photography seeks to draw attention to the precarious situation facing Africa’s wildlife. His mission is to inspire those who witness his works not only to marvel, but also to take action.