David Attenborough by Nadav Kander

Nadav Kander recently photographed Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s beloved naturalist and broadcaster, for Radio Times magazine. Attenborough, 86, is the man behind groundbreaking BBC series such as Life on Earth (1979), The Living Planet (1984), The Private Life of Plants (1995), and Life of Birds—films for which he traveled the globe.

“I’ve had a hell of a good time,” he tells Radio Times in the accompanying feature. “A hell of a good time. Part of it, of course, is quite childish. It’s undeniable that there’s a great thrill in doing something that hasn’t been done before, and putting on film creatures that haven’t been filmed before. It’s damned difficult to do that now!”

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Sir David Attenborough. Photo by Nadav Kander for Radio Times.

Sir David Attenborough. Photo by Nadav Kander for Radio Times.

David Attenborough

Photo by Nadav Kander. “You can see that there is a movement these days to produce films that are much cheaper to make,” says Attenborough. “They’re great in their own class, but it’s much easier to film people trundling around the forest saying, ‘I wonder if this is a new species or not?’ than it is to wait around for three years for that species to do something that nobody has ever seen before.”

Photo by Nadav Kander.

Photo by Nadav Kander.

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