Photographer Buck O’Donoghue and writer Joanna Craig took an ethnographic approach to creating the book Gonarezhou and the Return of the Black Rhino, living and working for eighteen months alongside the people that make the park’s heart beat. In choosing this long-form, imbedded observational approach, their process yielded rich, trust-founded insights and interactions: the culmination of which is an in-depth study of the conditions and reasons behind the fluctuations of black rhino populations in the area – and so much more. The history and present situation of the minority Hlengwe people is explored, as is the evolving concept of conservation in Zimbabwe.
The book is a work of both art and study, and is the perfect coffee table book for those who cherish wilderness and seek to understand the complex histories that make them thus.
The couple have begun work on their next book.