Author(s): Chris Packham
Wildlife television presenter and award-winning photographer Chris Packham has travelled the world in his quest for the ultimate image. From the dirt tracks outside Mexico City, to the white light of Antarctica via the dead-ends of Wyoming in the heartland of the United States, Packham has documented all four corners of the world through photography, and has chosen 100 iconic images that he has taken during 25 years of travelling. Making great pictures is about more than just timing and technological know-how; it is about engaging that part of the brain which feels for the picture, that learns how to see it coming and then, in that critical instant, makes all the decision from the heart. Chris Packham demonstrates both the rewards and frustrations of travel photography - that perfection is almost impossible, but the prospect of capturing the perfect image is an artistic virtue and a life-affirming way of observing the world around you.
As well as being one of today's most highly respected TV naturalists, Chris Packham is an award-winning photographer whose passion for photography is all consuming. Chris began taking still photographs after graduating from Southampton University. At the same time he trained as a wildlife film camera man, embraced punk rock and played in a band. In 1996 the camera work gave way to presenting the Really Wild Show and Chris has been on our televisions ever since. Many of his latest BBC series feature cutting-edge science the ground breaking Inside the Animal Mind, The Burrowers, Operation Iceberg and the highly acclaimed global series Secrets of our Living Planet. He is a presenter on BBC Two's popular seasonal wildlife programmes, Springwatch and Autumnwatch, and many other natural history series. Chris Packham is recognised for his perceptive and outspoken views on conservation and his remarkable knowledge of wildlife. He is president, vice-president, patron and supporter of many charities.