Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson have been working together as a husband and wife team since 1997, when they began investigating and documenting the relationship between the indigenous human and natural world on five continents. Their first book of photography in black and white, Lost Africa: The Eyes of Origin (Assouline 2005), explores the ecological and man-made challenges facing tribes from Ethiopia to Namibia.
With their son Lysander, who has been with them on expeditions to the Arctic, Africa and India, Cyril and Marie published Walking Thunder: The Last Stand of the African Elephant (Merrell, London 2009) and In Predatory Light (Merrell, London 2013), which has a prologue by Dame Daphne Sheldrick and is dedicated to the three largest predators on earth: the lion, the tiger and the polar bear.
They are working on their new book, Lords of the Earth: The Entwined Destiny of Wildlife and Humanity, with a prologue by Jane Goodall, as well as a feature documentary about the fate of the elephant, Walking Thunder, with Lysander, who first learned to talk in Africa. One of their photos was accepted for the Cop21 Paris Climate Exhibit, along with 99 other photographers from around the world.