A WILDLIFE: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols by Melissa Harris

“Menaced by lizards in Indonesia, cuffed by a gorilla in Africa, stung by poisonous caterpillars in the world’s deepest cave”—so ran the lead to a 1985 article describing Michael “Nick” Nichols.

A Wild Life is Michael Nichols’s story, told with passion and insight by author and photo-editor Melissa Harris. Nichols’ story combines a life of adventure, with a conviction about how we can redeem the human race by protecting our wildlife.

Melissa Harris is editor-at-large of Aperture Foundation.


Have your copy of A WILDLIFE signed by Michael Nichols gratis

To support Aperture, Michael Nichols is offering to sign any copy of A WILDLIFE by Melissa Harris purchased from his bookstore.

Please email studio@michaelnicknichols.com for more information.


Upcoming Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Wild: Michael Nichols
June 27, 2017 – September 17, 2017

This exhibition presents Nichols’s most important projects, highlighting his artistic accomplishments, technical innovations, and efforts to preserve wild spaces. His photographs will be shown with depictions of nature from the Museum’s collection, inviting visitors to consider humankind’s complex, and often brutal, relationship with the wild.

Wild coincides with a major new book about the artist, A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols, soon to be published by Aperture Foundation.


Join Michael Nichols for 9 days in Svalbard

September 1 – 10, 2018

Join Michael Nichols for a workshop in Svalbard in the spirit of expedition. Learn how to approach the unique challenges of wildlife photography at the best place in the world for polar bear and wildlife photography. With private “one to one” workshops and lectures, this expedition will optimize your photographic skills and take them to the next level.


Home At Last

I’m “retired” from National Geographic Magazine. First time without an assignment in 40 years. I have a therapy dog, an Australian cattle dog, Thermal. We can be hired for performance art with a frisbee.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Nick Named Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2014

Hosted by the British Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, WPOY recognizes excellence in nature photography. Nick has been awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his image “The Last Great Picture” and has also been awarded for Best Black and White Image.


The Serengeti Lion

An immersive look into the life of lions.

This is too cool not to see. The Serengeti Lion: Life on the Plains with the Vumbi Pride. A marriage of Nick’s photographs, Nathan Williamson’s video, voiceover from ecologist Craig Packer, images and voiceover from Brent Stirton, and text by David Quammen.

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