Reprising the years-long, in-depth collaboration that produced much of National Geographic magazine's coverage of southern Africa, award-winning photographer Chris Johns and veteran foreign correspondent Peter Godwin present this important critical exploration of the region's myriad facets and its collisions between tradition and modernity, conservation and development, and people and animals.
In evocative photographs and accompanying anecdotal text, Wild at Heart crisscrosses southern Africafrom the Kalahari Desert and Drakensburg Mountains to the Skeleton coast and Zambesi Riverto reveal its diverse populations and wildlife and highlight their often unacknowledged interdependence. Johns's superb photographs are combined with Godwin's passionate, lyric stories. The result is a finely detailed yet panoramic image of southern Africa that underscores the connections between all its elements.
Beautifully presented in a unique, oversize format with a top-opening spine that allows gallery-quality presentation of the images, Wild at Heart is destined to become a classic.
Chris Johns, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine, was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1979 while a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal. Before joining National Geographic magazine in 1995 and becoming senior editor of illustrations in 2001, Johns worked as a freelance photographer for Life, Time, and National Geographic. The author of Valley of Life: Africa's Great Rift, he lives with his family on a farm in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Peter Godwin grew up in the Zimbabwe bush and attended university in England before becoming an award-winning foreign correspondent for the London Sunday Times and the BBC. He is the author of four books, including Rhodesians Never Die and Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa. He lives in New York.