Artist Statement: Although based out of Johannesburg, South Africa, I see the broader African continent as my home. My wildlife photography could be considered unique in a few aspects; the first being that I only photograph animals in the wild (I once sat in a waterhole in the Great Rift Valley for a period of 270 hours, to get photographs of lions drinking which lead to a sellout exhibition with the National Geographic Gallery on the high streets of London). My photography is both spiritual and personal; a way to share moments that I have witnessed through the lens with you, my audience. As such, I do not use camera-traps or drones and I produce my artwork predominantly in the camera, and at the time of shooting. My photographs are free of digital manipulation, which simply means that no significant elements have been added or subtracted, and that patience and time are a central theme to my work. After spending 20 years photographing in Africa, waiting for the perfect light, subject, background and behaviour to coexist in singular moments, I have assembled this body of work. One which I hope showcases the diversity, wonder and awe that I feel when I am in the wild places of Africa. Being a true low light specialist, I take my camera out when it is nearly dark, and I enjoy the blue hues that go along with the twilight hours. I also employ slow shutter speeds to conveys a sense of movement and mystery. A four year project photographing leopards in low light, lead to a 13 page portfolio in the BBC Wildlife Magazine, while a long exposure of elephants (at a waterhole in Botswana), earned me the highest accolade in world wildlife photography when the BBC named me their ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’. While my work has been displayed in both the London and Sydney Natural History Museums and my Authentic Africa collections have been displayed from New York to Singapore, I am essentially just a solo artist selling my work privately. Through my photography I have also found a conservation purpose, believing that wildlife photographers play an important role in conservation by giving wildlife a voice. I am an ambassador for lion conservation in Kenya and I have donated numerous artworks to both animal and humanitarian charities. For a list for charities I have donated fine art works to, please see the bottom of this page.
I sell my prints in the two basic sizes listed below. If you have a specific space in mind for the print, the size can be adapted to fit your space. Each size is limited to just 11 prints worldwide (including the original). As the artist I keep the original, meaning that your print is 1 of only 10 numbered prints of that size in the world, and each one of these limited edition prints comes at a cost of:
A3 prints with longest side 16″ / 41cm or smaller:
A1 prints with longest side 33″ / 84cm or larger:
I use archival ILFORD GALERIE fine art paper, which has a wonderful texture and excellent colour rendition. Your print is autographed and numbered. I offer a full refund if you are not entirely satisfied with your print. The period for a refund lasts for 2 weeks after you take ownership. I have yet to refund anyone but I like to offer you maximum peace of mind to assure you of the finest print quality.
Browse through the galleries, complete the contact form at the bottom of each gallery and Greg will be in touch on the details of your artwork. Please note though that Greg travels extensively through Africa in regions with very little mobile coverage, so replies may be intermittent. As soon as he has mobile data coverage, he will reply.
My fine art prints are extremely personal. I take the time to make sure you get the best of the best out of your order by communicating with you directly. Each print is a numbered limited edition, so I prefer to discuss the options with you personally and not run a commercial ‘cookie cutter’ business.
As the artist, I keep the original print and I then offer only 10 numbered prints worldwide, in both the medium and the large size. This means that your print is 1 of only 10 numbered prints in the entire world of that size. What make’s a Limited Edition Greg du Toit even more valuable is that I only sell my prints in two sizes, a medium and a large. This means that your print is only one of 20 numbered prints in the entire world, regardless of size.
I issue certificates only upon request. From past experience I have found that people do not really know what to do with a certificate and it is also a little bit old fashioned now, in this digital age. Certificates are also easy to forge so you might need a certificate for your certificate, if you know what I mean? If you think about it, they offer little ‘authenticity’. Each print is however signed and numbered and you will deal directly with me, the artist, when ordering your print. If however you want a certificate, this is very easy to do and I will include it with your print. Just kindly let me know when you place your order.
Yes, it comes with a narrow white border, just wide enough to fit my signature on the bottom right and your limited edition print number on the bottom left. The exact dimensions of this border vary depending on the size of the print but it is a few centimetres.
Yes, the standard measurements above, exclude the border. If you need a print a specific size, then simply email me the dimensions and I will size the end product accordingly. Or if you need to know the print’s exact finished dimensions, with the border, then I can confirm this for you once you select a general size.
Your print is shipped rolled in a cardboard sleeve and carefully wrapped in tissue paper.
The shipping from Africa of a framed print will be very difficult and expensive. Framing is also very location specific and subjective. You need to match the colour of your frame to the colour of other decor in the room.
When you remove the print from the postal tube, the print will be curled. To uncurl the print do the following by using the postal tube and the tissue paper that comes with the print, nothing else is needed
1. Wash and dry hands to handle the print and do not touch the print surface,
2. Lay the curled print that was removed from postal tube on a flat surface
3. Cover the printed surface with tissue paper
4. Use the postal tube that the print was shipped in
5. Firmly and with care roll the covered print around the tube
6. Hold the rolled print for approximately 30 seconds in the rolled position
7. Unroll the print and remove the tissue paper – the print will be flattened.
I offer two basic sizes, a medium size and a large size, but both can be customised especially for you. If you order a print whereby the longest side is equal to or less than 41cm (16 inches) then your print falls into my medium category. If you order a print larger than this, then your print falls into my large size. There might be a small extra charge for a print larger than my standard large size and remember there is a limitation as to how large I can print a piece, as the quality deteriorates with an increase in size. I have found, from extensive printing experience, that a size of 84cm (33 inches) is optimum and that is why this is my standard large size. But if you would like a larger print, I can certainly print bigger, but exactly how big will depend on the individual photo and the width, as paper rolls come only so wide. Quality is of the utmost importance and I suggest that you begin by deciding where you want to hang the piece and by making allowance for a frame, then measuring the longest side that you would like your print to be. We can then take it from there.
Yes I can! But what will help me greatly is if you browse my galleries or Instagram and tell me what sort of images you are interested in? I can then send you more options in a single email, to help you along in your selection process. For example, you might want a print of flamingoes in flight and in black and white. I can then send you a selection as currently in my Pink Africa gallery, I only have one black and white image matching this description. But on file, I have a few more. It is unfortunately not feasible to place all my imagery onto my website, so by all means if you like what you see, and if you want to see more of a specific concept, colour, animal or location, then please do send me a request. I collect my photographs painstakingly and meticulously, so I will not send you dozens of photographs, as I am an artist rather than a stock library. But, in most instances, I certainly can send you a few more options to choose from, making your selection process personal and unique.
All the photographs of wildlife or nature that you see on this website are offered as limited edition prints only. You can email me and enquire about purchasing any photo of mine, including any you see on social media. But, I only sell limited edition pieces as every photograph I put out, is a work of carefully considered art. I therefore do not distinguish between open and closed editions.
From the time you get a reply, the print usually takes two weeks to arrive at your door. If you need it sooner, then it is possible.
After comparing the best fine art papers in the world, I have finally found a paper that best suites my work. The ILFORD GALERIE FineArt Textured Silk is a weighty paper (270gsm) with near 100% opacity. This paper is a tactile textured matt, which I feel any fine art piece must possess. But, there are lots of papers out there with great texture. What Ilford Galerie does better than any is give a vibrant depth of colour. The saturated colours I like to work with are accentuated as it plays to the strength of the photographic medium, rendering vibrant and life-like works. The paper is acid free and warm toned with a fine texture, allowing the finer details to not be lost. It is firmly structured and very importantly, it is durable. In the past I used Hahnemeule German Etching which is a very similar paper but I found the Ilford Galerie to have the same wonderful texture, but with a larger colour gamut, giving excellent sharpness and colour. I take great care to produce high quality results in camera and this paper does not let me down in replicating my efforts in the field.
After extensive testing with canvas prints, I find that the special and textured art paper I use, gives far superior results. This is especially notable with reference to deep blacks, colour saturation and detail. A photographic print on art paper is a very special work of art indeed, combining vibrant colours and detail in ways other mediums cannot. Canvas as a print medium does not, in my humble opinion, highlight these signature qualities of colour and detail – the defining elements of the photographic medium.
I would advise taking your rolled print straight to the framers as the more times it is handled, then the greater the risk of damage. Framing is an element that collectors often find daunting but it is actually really easy. Start by going to your local professional framer down the road and seeking their advice, and looking at different frames. Picture framing has been around for hundreds of years, it is not a science or an exact art. The art piece itself is the hero and the frame simply enhances and protects it. Your print comes with a narrow white border in which the artist’s signature and limited edition number appears. This means that you can frame the print as is, behind glass.
The only problem with glass is that it often causes reflection issues and if you are prone to being irritated by reflections, or if your print is going to hang near a window or lamp or in a generally bright space, then you will definitely want a non reflective (also know as non glare or matt) glass. The problem with non reflective glass is that it can sometimes detract from the colour and detail of the print so ask your framer if you can inspect the print with the non reflective glass before taking it home.
In terms of the type of frame, you need to decide if you want an organic feel to the print. If so, then go with wood but if you looking for a more modern look and feel, then you can consider another material. If you wanting to create a minimalistic feel, then a simple narrow white or black frame can work well. A black frame on a white wall will draw attention to the print whereas a white frame will make the print appear to just blend in. There are many different framing options but the good news is that you almost cannot go wrong. The one bit of advise I will give though is that either your frame or the mounting board (if you choose to have any visible) should compliment another colour in the room. Again, this is not as daunting as it seems, simply match the frame colour or the board colour with another colour in the room. I often match my frame with the colour of a piece of furniture. The colour of the frame should therefore echo the colour of something else in the room. If you have a light green couch, use a light green frame or light green mounting board, simple as that. Then go out and buy a few light green cushions and voila!
A good option is to go with a white frame and then match the colour of the mounting board around the photo, to the colour of something else in the room. If you then one day move, all you need to do is get your mounting board changed and not the frame. Another good idea is to frame all your art pieces for a particular room at the same time.
Don’t be scared of framing, rather see it as a fun element that is not critical.
Yes, you can buy an entire edition and own the only photograph of its kind in the world. Provided of course it is a new piece of mine that has not yet been sold. The cost for an exclusive buyout is US$9 900 and this includes both print sizes. This means that you will own the only fine art print of its kind and it will be numbered 1 of 1. I also include a signed/personalised copy of my coffee table book with every edition sold exclusively to any collector.
Payment can be done via PayPal or via a bank wire. I will confirm these details with you once you email me requesting your print. I do ask for payment up front and I can issue you an invoice if you require one. I also offer a 2-week refund policy from the time you take ownership of your print. I have not yet needed to refund any collectors, but I want you to have peace of mind. Your print is something that I want to bring light, life and joy into your home or office, and if it’s not doing that, then please do send it back. Provided the print is in perfect condition, a no questions asked refund is offered within this 2-week period.
The cost of my prints is not fixed and can change depending on many different factors, including the world economy and exchange rate fluctuations. Living in Africa, I just never know what is going to happen. As the author and copyright owner of my work, I also reserve the right to charge more for edition numbers that are close to selling out. The costs reflected on this page are however my standard prices and if an edition is close to selling out, and I do need to revise the cost, I will inform you of this when you enquire about your print. The decision will then be yours to make, regarding whether you want to buy the last number in any edition.
Please note that print prices can be changed at any time depending on exchange rate fluctuations or nearing the closing of an edition.
Every print will have a different width because I treat each photograph as its own entity. I therefore don’t force an image to confine to any particular dimensions and for this reason, I only give the measurements of the longest side. If however you would like to know the shortest side’s dimensions of your chosen print, then I can give this to you easily when you send me your enquiry.
The first thing to do is to browse my ‘From The Field Galleries‘. Each gallery has a contact form at the bottom of it and every print has a number in its title. Simply fill out the contact box and reference the gallery name and print number you are interested in. I will email you a reply as soon as I am back from safari and have mobile data coverage. Alternatively, you can email me regarding any photo of mine you see anywhere on this website or on any of my social media platforms or printed media. Send me a short description of the image via my contact page, and I will email you a low res version – just to make sure we are on the same page.
I have a coffee table book titled AWE, showcasing a decade’s worth of photography, but I also have a gallery that represents me in Cape Town, South Africa. Here is a link to the gallery website: https://www.martinosner.com/greg-du-toit-wildlife-photography and feel free to contact them.