The Last Place on Earth

The Last Place on Earth


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The Last Place on Earth by Michael Nichols, Mike Fay

Photographs by Michael Nichols

Text by J. Michael Fay

Determined to document the vanishing riches of central Africa's last undeveloped reaches, National Geographic photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols set out with ecologist Mike Fay on the "megatransect expedition" -- a grueling 456-day, 2,000-mile trek from Congo's deepest forest to Gabon's virgin shore. The result is this landmark two-volume set, the most exciting look to date at the beautiful interior of a continent that desperately needs to be understood in order to be preserved. Volume I features the best wildlife images available today, shot by Nichols using new technology that surpasses the telephoto lens and achieves an intimacy never seen before. In Volume II, Fay enhances these images with a detailed journal that relates the real-life drama of the expedition. Threats by armed poachers, disease, and despair are offset by moments of utter astonishment and beauty. An extraordinary achievement in every way, The Last Place on Earth captures both the eye and the imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792238812
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 661,903
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 15.95(h) x 3.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Nichols is an award-winning photographer who became a staff photographer for the National Geographic Society in 1996. He has photographed more than 20 stories for National Geographic magazine. His work has appeared in several books, including Keepers of the Kingdom, a photographic essay about changes in US zoos; The Year of the Tiger, which focuses on the world's remaining tigers; and Brutal Kinship, a look at the timorous bond between man and chimpanzee with text by Jane Goodall. Nichols has been featured in Rolling Stone, American Photographer, and many other magazines.

Mike Fay has spent his life as a naturalist—from the Sierra Nevadas and the Maine woods as a boy, to Alaska and Central America in college, to North Africa and the depths of the central African forest and savannas for the last 25 years. He has worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Bronx since 1991. Fay is best known for his work on Megatransect, a project that had the objective of bringing to the world's attention the last pristine forest in central Africa and the need for its protection.

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This is definitely my favorite conservation photography book. It takes you inside one of the last pristine wilderness areas in the world. The book truly has the power to change the future of the 'Deepest Darkest Africa' and I hope it does. Hats off to John Michael Faye and Nick Nichols.