Book Signing with Joachim Schmeisser
Joachim Schmeisser will be available to sign personalized copies of his books “Elephants in Heaven” and “Last of Their Kind.”
Elephants in Heaven
Because elephants are pachyderms, a combination of two Greek roots meaning “thick skin,” one might think that nothing bothers them, and they lead quiet, safe lives. Nothing could be further from the truth: elephants have been hunted and killed for their ivory tusks since antiquity. And people often ignore the calves left behind, who must now live out their lives as traumatized and fearful orphans.
Wildlife photographer Joachim Schmeisser made it his mission to document the story of these abandoned baby elephants. Through his sponsorship of elephants, he came into contact with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the world’s largest and most successful rescue and rehabilitation operation for orphaned elephants, headquartered in Nairobi. Professional veterinary technicians bottle-feed the elephant calves until they are old enough to locate their food.
Last of Their Kind
“Both a homage and a final warning highlighting some of the treasures we stand to lose forever, Last of Their Kind is a powerful record of nature’s splendour and fragility.” – Outdoor Photography There are precisely two black rhinos left in the world, a subspecies of the white rhino, the very last of their kind. In this profoundly poignant tribute, photographer Joachim Schmeisser presents these rhinos and other wild animals in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, where Maasai tribespeople ensure that nobody endangers them. With his breathtaking black-and-white images, Schmeisser brings us up close to these extraordinary and endangered creatures, creating a powerful document of nature’s splendour and fragility.
- Duration: 20 min
Joachim Schmeisser, born 1958, is a renowned photographer celebrated for his diverse contributions to the field. Originating from Munich, he gained prominence as an advertising photographer in the 1980s, pioneering analogue compositing techniques. His profound artistic journey since 2009 has focused on Africa’s wildlife, earning him the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award in 2012. Through iconic wildlife portraits, Schmeisser captures the sublime essence of nature, advocating for its preservation with timeless and intimate imagery.