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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2020 (89) > HUNTING WITH CAMERAS


Wildlife photography nowadays is highly accessible to all of us, with sophisticated camera equipment readily available. But what was it like in the early, explorational days of wildlife photography and who were the adventurers who pioneered the craft?

Pioneering filmmakers: Osa and Martin Johnson, with their cine cameras among local tribesmen during their 1924 1927 ‘Four Years in Paradise’ Kenya expedition MARTIN AND OSA JOHNSON SAFARI MUSEUM
Cherry Kearton with his camera in long grass, displaying his leg gaiter supposedly bearing the tooth marks after a lion attack. East Africa, 1920s

In this age of electronic technology and an almost insistent requirement for instant imaging, where wildlife photographers wield sophisticated cameras fitted with massive telephoto lenses, and even the least enthusiastic amateur can whip out their smartphone to capture a shot that, with a bit of digital wizardry, can be turned into a fairly decent photograph, it is easy to forget that it hasn’t always been that way.

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