Discover the design hotlist: wildlife photographer Tim Flach
Tempus editor Rachel Ingram tells us why Flach is inviting a new era of animal portraiture
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As conservation becomes an increasingly important talking point, it’s only natural that the art world is at the forefront of the conversation. Photographers have long used their craft to inspire change and Tim Flach, one of the UK’s most innovative photographers, is no different.
He uses his skills to draw attention to vital issues facing the animal kingdom – in particular the rising levels of wildlife extinction due to human activity. In Flach’s latest project, Endangered, he turns his lens on animals seriously in danger of being wiped out.
From the ploughshare tortoise whose shell has been defaced to deter illegal poachers (right) to the Madagascan crowned sifaka losing their homes to deforestation (left), each image draws attention to a critical story.
When you observe Flach’s work, the way he uses portrait photography to present animals as people is at once mystifying and, at times, unsettling. By introducing human characteristics to his subjects, Flach forces the viewer to look inside and consider – why do to an animal what you wouldn’t do to your neighbour? It’s incredibly powerful work.
Flying the flag for conservation, Tempus editor Rachel unveils a British innovator using the power of portraiture to make a positive impact on the animal kingdom. Read more from our experts and innovators in Tempus Design Issue, out now.