Monthly Program – January 2013 – Todd Gustafson

95 MAPS members & guests enjoyed international award winning nature and wildlife photographer Todd Gustafson on Monday, January 14, 2013 as he shared images from around the world. The underlying concept of Gustafson Photo Safari is “To the Ends of the Earth”.  Todd’s continual goal is to capture images that reflect the human condition at the decisive moment.  We learned where and how to capture breathtaking images in his multimedia presentation.

Todd Gustafson has been photographing nature, wildlife and natural history around the world for the last decade with great success.  Specialties include East Africa (animals, birds and native people).  Capturing beautiful light on beautiful subjects in an artistic way is a continuous personal goal.  Todd photographs and works as a clinician/teacher for NIKON Corporation.

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Photo History

U.S. destinations for nature, wildlife and travel photography have included the Arizona desert, the Rocky Mountains, San Francisco, Washington, DC, New England, New Orleans, and Florida.  Foreign destinations include The Bahamas, Greece, Italy, Ecuador, United Kingdom, Grand Cayman, Galapagos Islands, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Australia, Western and Eastern Europe, as well as Brazil, India, and Central America.  Having grown up in Tanzania, East Africa is a specialty.  Knowledge of habitat and behavior as well as social interaction with local people has resulted in photographically rewarding safaris to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Namibia and Madagascar.

Todd works with photographers as a guide and photo instructor in East Africa, Europe, Central America, and the United States.  His agents are Panoramic Images (Chicago), Danita Delimont (Seattle), and Getty Stock Agency (New York).  Todd’s photography is also represented by National Geographic Society.

Publishing Highlights

• Photographs from past safaris are published in “Wilderness Travel” and United Travel Group catalogs.

• Many of Todd’s images are used by The Discovery Channel as signature images and in traveling exhibits.

• The Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History has a permanent exhibit “African Voices” that features Gustafson’s photographs.

• The St. Louis Children’s Memorial Hospital has a wing designed in an African motif that uses Todd’s images.

• Other images appear in The Conserve School’s (Chain of Lakes Wisconsin) 2,000-sq. ft. nature museum dedicated to conservation education.

• Hundreds of images appear in the new Africa House (Regenstein “African Journey”) at the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago).

• Todd is also published in the National Geographic Desk Diaries and African Publishing Group’s “Game Parks of Tanzania”.

• The spring 2004, 2005 and 2008 NIKON Full Product Guide feature Todd’s photos with the 2005 front and back cover wrap around.

• Todd’s work has also been used extensively by the United Nations in publications for Tanzanian development.

• Todd’s “Flamingo Dance” won Runner Up in the 2006 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and is on display at the Natural History Museum in London.

• “Lion Cub” was chosen by Smithsonian as one of “Nature’s Best” in 2007

New Release:

“A Photographer’s Guide to the Safari Experience” an information and site guide.

Upcoming projects include:

“Elemental East Africa” a coffee table picture book.

An HD video series produced by PBS in St Louis “Photographing on Safari”

On screen expert on the Great Migration for National Geographic series dealing with nature’s mysteries.

Todd Gustafson:

Phone (847)298-8351