About Christo & Wilkinson


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Marie Wilkinson

Marie Wilkinson and Cyril Christo work together documenting relationships between indigenous people and natural world. Their primary focus has been on Africa.

Their photography books include Lost Africa: The Eyes of Origin (Assouline, Paris, New York 2004) exploring ecological and man-made challenges facing tribes from Ethiopia to Namibia, Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant, prologue by Dame Daphne Sheldrick (Merrell, London 2009), a testament to the African elephant, and In Predatory Light: In Search of Lions, Tigers and Polar Bears (Merrell, London 2013) a dedication to three endangered bioregions – the Arctic, African savannah and forests of India, iconic keystone species and the place they hold in indigenous imagination.

Their interest and concerns for the elephant have evolved over the subsequent years as the poaching situation has escalated. This long-term relationship to Africa magnifies the urgency of the struggle and presents a singular lens throughout their journey.



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Raised in Connecticut, Marie is a filmmaker, documentary photographer and architect and holds degrees from Yale College and the Yale School of Architecture.

Cyril was born in Paris, raised in New York, attended Cornell University and graduated from Columbia University.

Marie and Cyril’s photography books include Lost Africa: The Eyes of Origin (Assouline 2004); Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant (Merrell, 2009); In Predatory Light- Lions, Tigers and Polar Bears (Merrell 2013). Marie is a filmmaker, documentary photographer and architect. Marie and Cyril’s photography books include Lost Africa: The Eyes of Origin (Assouline 2004); Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant (Merrell, 2009); In Predatory Light- Lions, Tigers and Polar Bears (Merrell 2013).

Cyril is a filmmaker, documentary photographer and poet. He and Marie document the relationship between indigenous people and natural world. Cyril produced Oscar-nominated A Stitch for Time(PBS) on the Boise Peace Quilt Project: co-produced USSR Art(PBS) on glasnost’s first art auction. Cyril and Marie produced and directed Lysander’s Song(2011) premiering at MOMA/NY and DC Environmental Film Festival.

Can Africa possibly survive without the elephant? Can we?

Is there a remedy for one of the greatest tragedies of our time?

There are signs that WildAid’s campaigns in China are informing the public’s understanding of how ivory is procured. Elephants do not lose their tusks like milk teeth! If the Chinese can come to terms with their impact on the next generation of elephants and even the impact on their very own children, perhaps they can become a force for conservation to save what is left and let the elephants recover once and for all.

The Maasai of East Africa say that only elephants and humans have souls. They have known what science is only now beginning to understand: that elephants know who they are. Like the whales and great apes, elephants are singular events in the evolution of consciousness.

The Samburu believe there is a seed of human being inside each elephant. They also say that there is a curse on those who kill elephants. What the native people of Africa have long understood, modern civilization must come to terms with: Elephants are one of the pillars of the world. We will not long survive without them!

Cyril Christo