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Ein Werk von Joachim Schmeisser

Joachim Schmeisser

Joachim Schmeisser is best known for his major photographic series he has done in East Africa – his iconic portraiture of Elephants – especially the Orphan Elephants at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
He started this project in 2009 – during a stopover on a trip to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda and the Hadzabe in Tansania. Everything changed once he found himself surrounded by these baby elephants and his short travel break turned into a wonderful friendship and terrific project. It is still ongoing even today and has become a matter close to his heart. 
Joachim Schmeissers intention is to show the beauty and uniqueness of our planet and to increase sensitivity for a topic that concerns us all. The series “The last Giants” is now supplemented with photographs of the mountain gorillas in Ruanda and the last rhinos in Kenya.
In 2012, Joachim Schmeisser won the prestigious Hasselblad Award for this work an in 2017 his book »Elephants in Heaven« was launched by the German Publisher TeNeues. His book THE LAST OF THEIR KIND by TeNeues will be published in Spring 2021.

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Take a look at the second part of the "Elephants in Heaven" behind-the-scenes video! © Copyright 2017 · Joachim Schmeisser Photography · All Rights Reserved


Selected works by Joachim Schmeisser


Werk: Heaven Sent

Heaven Sent

Werk: Just me

Just me

Werk: Patience


Werk: Remember when

Remember when

Werk: Shelter


Werk: Silence


Werk: Just me

Just me

Werk: Thunderroad


Werk: Dramatic crossing

Dramatic crossing

Werk: Tim the Preserver

Tim the Preserver

Werk: Cut in Stone

Cut in Stone

Werk: Bull with two birds

Bull with two birds

Werk: Beyond II

Beyond II

Werk: Guardian of Eden // UNIKAT

Guardian of Eden // UNIKAT



Werk: Resting Vagabonds

Resting Vagabonds

Werk: Giraffe Couple

Giraffe Couple

Werk: Tano Bora

Tano Bora

Werk: Tim, Preserver of Peace // Unikat

Tim, Preserver of Peace // Unikat

Werk: The Divine

The Divine

Werk: The Giraffe`s eye // UNIKAT

The Giraffe`s eye // UNIKAT

Werk: Last Warrior

Last Warrior



Werk: Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Werk: Rise


Werk: Morani


Werk: The Divine

The Divine

Werk: Bull with two birds

Bull with two birds

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