African Landscape and Wildlife Photographer – Rob Cooper
Rob Cooper is a fourth generation Zimbabwean born and raised on a farm south of Bulawayo, (‘Place of Slaughter’), the capital of Matabeleland. His great grandparents came up from South Africa in an oxwagon around 1900. After carving a cattle ranch out of the arid mopane scrubland of the Matopos Hills, they succumbed to Blackwater Fever and were buried side by side in the sand. Two of their great grandsons were murdered while working in the fields during the infamous Gukurahundi massacres in the 1980′s and the ranch was abandoned.
After a childhood spent hunting, fishing and riding in the dry savannah grasslands and leopard-infested kopjes of southern Matabeleland, Rob developed a passionate interest in conservation and a love for the magnificent landscapes and wildlife of Africa. This combined well with an interest in black and white photography which he developed while studying at Rhodes University in South Africa in the 1980′s.
When the crisis in Zimbabwe began in 2000, Rob was working as a photojournalist for the international news agency Associated Press. Some of the images he took are amongst the most famous photographs of this troubled time, used in newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as appearing on numerous book covers and the cover of Newsweek.
Rob now spends as much time as he can photographing the magnificent but endangered big game of Zimbabwe’s world-renowned national parks – Hwange, Mana
Pools and Gonarezhou.
The best of the photographs taken on these trips are now being offered for sale internationally as limited edition large black and white prints on fine-art paper or canvas. These are sold unframed, signed and numbered, and can be shipped to anywhere in the world.