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South African Photographer Captures the Trophy Rooms of the Dallas Safari Club

"Untitled hunter # I, trophy room, Dallas, Texas" Photo: David Chancellor
“Untitled hunter #1, trophy room, Dallas, Texas” Photo: David Chancellor

Slate has a short piece today on David Chancellor, a South Africa-based photographer who recently published Hunters, a book about exactly what it sounds like. In it, the photos follow big-game hunters across southern Africa, but also to Dallas:

To complete the cycle, Chancellor wanted to photograph the trophy rooms of the more seasoned hunters and spent time in Dallas with members of the Dallas Safari Club.

“I found myself documenting these guys who say they’ve hunted for 25 years and want to hunt a leopard or lion, and I photographed them … but at best what I’ll produce from that hunt is an individual with a lion … the only way (to complete the book) was to go back to where he actually has all of his trophies and produce a portrait that would complete the task, to show his entire career in one portrait,” Chancellor said.

Chancellor worked with the most decorated members of the Dallas Safari Club—the recipients of the “Outstanding Hunting Achievement Award.” Their achievements are based on both quantity and quality of animals killed both by animal groupings—such as the big five (elephant, cape buffalo, rhino, lion, and leopard)—and also by animal species.

Harvesting is how they refer to hunting Chancellor said. “They’ve already gone for the big five, and now they want every spiral horned antelope … and they spend a considerable amount of time and money going after that.”

“The flip side of the trophy rooms in Dallas—but in some ways essentially the same side of the same coin—are the African communities who benefit by taking the meat from the killed animals as well as a large percentage of the high fees the hunters pay to go on the hunts” Chancellor said.

More photos on Chancellor’s website.

9 comments on “South African Photographer Captures the Trophy Rooms of the Dallas Safari Club

  1. Walruses are ruthlessly calculating and quick. Must have been quite a challenge.

  2. This photograph instantly struck me as an example photo in a medical textbook, showing the subject and the telltale evidence of his pathology.

  3. The funds for the license and the people that the big game hunters in Africa go directly to conservation measures. They also help ensure that the local populations do not go out and kill the animals for meat. While poaching is still a big problem, big game hunters have reduced this. Most hunters I know are conservationist. Now until you give the World Wildlife Fund or some competing charity $60 to $100 thousand you really have no right to judge. Essentially, either put up or shut up. That said, I am not a big game hunter.

  4. you people are not wanted in Africa , the people don’t want you there… you are contributing nothing but mass wildlife extinction and human incurable diseases because the African Tribes are eating Bush Meat , because their wildlife are in canned hunting parks and the people are starving , because all their wildlife is going extinct in the wild , because you have raped Africa and massacred them all , for almost 60 years totally media invisible with no consequences , and you actually believe your own bull , when the African Land Giants are almost wiped out off the face of the earth so seriously the planet has not been here for 250 millions years …. , and the African wildlife are in your homes stuffed. It is easier to remove a group of pedophiles from a primary school that it is to remove you massacring parasites from the African Wildlife . You people are hated and it wont be long now until you are rounded up like criminals , for your crimes … You will be put in trial for crimes against the planet like the Nazis were for their war crimes . And Your money wont save you either of your government once we billions out here come for you nothing will save you. Because you are not going to destroy this planet , the only one we have without a fight.

  5. you people are not wanted in Africa , the people don’t want you there… you are contributing nothing but mass wildlife extinction and human incurable diseases because the African Tribes are eating Bush Meat , because their wildlife are in canned hunting parks and the people are starving , because all their wildlife is going extinct in the wild , because you have raped Africa and massacred them all , for almost 60 years totally media invisible with no consequences , and you actually believe your own bull , when the African Land Giants are almost wiped out off the face of the earth so seriously the planet has not been here for 250 millions years …. , and the African wildlife are in your homes stuffed. It is easier to remove a group of pedophiles from a primary school that it is to remove you massacring parasites from the African Wildlife . You people are hated and it wont be long now until you are rounded up like criminals , for your crimes … You will be put on trial for crimes against the planet like the Nazis were for their war crimes . And Your money wont save you either or your government once we billions out here come for you nothing will save you. Because you are not going to destroy this planet , the only one we have without a fight.The World Wildlife Fund in Africa, is in bed with the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups: DSC, SCI and NRA. They have vested interests because they are controlling funding streams and imposing their Hunting Agendas first. Which, means they are directly influencing and manipulating ALL the African Countries to maintain a Trophy Hunting Stance, of critically endangered and almost extinct wildlife in Africa , being done under the radar of CITIES .
    Please sign this very important petition. We need to raise awareness to STOP the corruption in the WWF in Africa and make people aware that when they donate money to the WWF they are supporting corruption and wildlife extinction . The WWF are blatantly exaggerating critically endangered wildlife population numbers for their data and they are miss-informing the USFWS and the EU . The WWF are misusing global WWF Charity Donations, whilst, creating opportunities for the Trophy Hunting Industries in Africa to flourish as the animals and herds near extinction in the wild. . https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Yolanda_Kakabadse_is_WWFs_International_President_and_USAID_WWF_End_your_partnership_with_the_USA_ProHunting_Lobby_Group/

  6. So sick of these twisted morons who kill wild animals for pleasure in the name of so called conservation. The lie is out and no one believes a bloody word of it. Hunting has nothing to do with conservation – it is just heartless wankers getting off on bloodlust. You all make me sick.