Adrian Steirn is a leading photographer and filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. His work is driven by narrative – the stories of the people and the wildlife he encounters. As a photographer in residence for WWF South Africa, Steirn works actively to promote and engage with conservation efforts, using visual images as a means to stimulate discussion and action around key issues. His work is firmly grounded by the belief that conservation and humanity are inextricably linked.
Renowned artist William Kentridge says of Steirn’s work, “Adrian Steirn’s photographs have an inventiveness and wit. He is able both to perceive unusual perspectives on his subject sand – vital for a portraitist – is able to convince his subject to participate in his exploration. Together with this, he brings a technical mastery that is tested to its limits by his perfectionism.”
Steirn’s portrait of Nelson Mandela, Madiba’s last official photographic portrait, was sold for R2 million (USD 200,000) with all proceeds donated equally to WWF South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The sale set a record for the highest priced photograph in South Africa.
For his latest work, the Pangolin Man series, Steirn provides the following insight:
“These pangolin photos represent a beautiful insight into a tragic reality. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal on our planet and in 2016. With all we know and all that we have learnt we have no excuse. I wanted to take photographs that would be impactful enough to ask questions, to influence people so that they would take the time to know what pangolins are and how dire their plight has become. Like many animals that we share our planet with, our participation, self control and empathy will define whether they are here with us in 20 years.”
Ten percent of all revenue from the Pangolin Man series will go directly to The Tikki Hywood Trust. The Tikki Hywood Trust strives to bring awareness and sound conservation practice to the plight of lesser-known and endangered animals globally, including pangolins.
Steirn’s work is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.