Journey Into Africa through the lens of National Geographic photographer Frans Lanting, whose images have created an enduring vision of Africa’s diverse landscapes and wildlife.
Into Africa is a comprehensive showcase of renowned nature photographer Frans Lanting’s landmark exhibition, Into Africa, produced as a partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Featuring even more images than the original exhibit, this impressive collection reveals Africa’s powerful, unique landscapes, which are home to some of the most celebrated scenery and most endangered animals on this planet. During three decades of fieldwork and assignments for National Geographic, Lanting encountered otherworldly vistas—from the Serengeti Plains to the Okavango Delta— and captured moments of intimacy with some of the world’s most iconic animals—from elephants, rhinos, and cheetahs to chimps, gorillas, and the lemurs of Madagascar—all revealed here through stunning photography and touching stories about conservation and Lanting’s own experiences while in Africa.
Chris Eckstrom is a writer, editor, and videographer. She is the author of Forgotten Edens and a contributor to many books published by National Geographic. She earned a Lowell Thomas Award for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel for her National Geographic Traveler story, “The Last Real Africa.” The editor of Lanting’s books, she has also filmed and produced stories for the National Geographic Channel. Lanting and Eckstrom are partners in life and work. They collaborate on publishing projects from their home base in Santa Cruz, California, and they lead conservation and photography safaris in Africa and other wild locations around the world.
Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world and has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic. Lanting’s books include Life: A Journey Through Time, Jungles, Penguin, Living Planet, Eye to Eye, Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape, Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden, and Madagascar: A World Out of Time. His books have received awards and acclaim: "No one turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting," writes The New Yorker. Lanting’s fine art prints are represented in many public and private collections. Lanting is an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund and has received numerous awards for his work as a photographer and conservationist, including top honors from World Press Photo and the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands’ highest conservation honor.