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Jim Brandenburg

Minnesota photographer Jim Brandenburg has worked as a photographer with National Geographic magazine for over 25 years resulting in 19 magazine stories, several television features and over 19 books. His National Geographic feature North Woods Journal was, according to Editor William Allen, “the most photographs the magazine has ever published in one feature in its entire history and by the way, using the least amount of film.” The bestseller Chased by the Light elaborated on Brandenburg’s experiences during the 90 days. Brandenburg has just finished a sequel to Chased by the Light titled Looking for the Summer. A sample of his Looking for the Summer project was featured in the June, 2003 issue of National Geographic magazine and was the first completely digital story featured in the magazine’s history.

Brandenburg’s photographs have won a multitude of prestigious national and international awards. He was twice named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) as well as Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife magazine. Brandenburg was a Hasselblad Master in 2002 and a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens in 2001.

Brandenburg was the recipient of the World Achievement Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme in Stockholm, Sweden. The award was presented to Brandenburg by Sweden’s King Gustaf in recognition of his “using nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment.”

Brandenburg has done assignment work and has been published in numerous national and international publications including The New York Times, Life, Time, Audubon, Smithsonian, Natural History, Geo, Modern Maturity, BBC Wildlife, National Wildlife, Photo Insider, Photo District News and Outside. Most recently, Brandenburg’s images were included in National Geographic magazine’s Collector’s Edition Series, Best 100 Images, Best of America and Best of Wildlife.

Brandenburg has published many bestsellers including Chased by the Light, Brother Wolf, White Wolf and Minnesota Images of Home. He has also published four young adult books: To the Top of the World, Scruffy, An American Safari and Sand and Fog.

Brandenburg was commissioned by the United States Postal Service to photograph and design a set of ten wildlife stamps, which were released on May 14, 1981. These stamps were included in the exhibit Graphic Design in America, which toured the United States and England.

Brandenburg’s work has been featured on all major television networks including ABC’s Prime Time Live, CBS’s Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and NBC’s Dateline as well as National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Brandenburg was Producer, Director and Cinematographer of a National Geographic / BBC documentary titled White Wolf that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Brandenburg and his wife Judy live in the boreal forest of northern Minnesota on the edge of a 1,000,000-acre wilderness area. His work can be seen at the Brandenburg Gallery in Ely, Minnesota and Luverne, Minnesota or on his web site.


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