When we hear of Jane Goodall, we don’t often hear very much about one of the people who was closest to her: Hugo van Lawick, the man behind the lens that shot many of the most famous photographs of Jane during her early years in Africa.
Jane disliked being photographed, but tolerated it for the sake of her research.
She may have also tolerated it because Hugo was the one behind the camera; they were married a few years later.
Most of the material van Lawick shot was unseen before it was put into storage in rural Pennsylvania.
The photos and films sat for 55 years until National Geographic Documentary Films rediscovered them and used just a tiny part of the archive to create JANE, a fresh-eyed portrait of the woman who, at 84 years old, is still travelling extensively with her message of conservation.
Van Lawick shared in that award—17 years after his death.