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Yann Arthus-Bertrand: Being a Photographer
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A world-renowned photographer and author of Abrams' best-selling Earth From Above series, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has given us a new perspective on our world. In this fascinating book he takes us on yet another visual journey, into the life of a photographer. Tracing the highlights of his career, he invites us behind the scenes as he captures the primal lure of lions, hyenas, wildebeest, and stags in the wilds of Africa; studies the colorful traditions of the Masai in Kenya; and creates portraits of people with their pets or farm animals closer to home. Arthus-Bertrand's aerial photography, the work that has won him the greatest acclaim, is presented in extraordinary images of everything from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to the sands of the Sahara.
In Sophie Troubac's biographical text, Arthus-Bertrand discusses how and why he became a photographer and describes his passionate involvement with his craft. This captivating overview of a prolific and versatile photographer, which is complemented by an accompanying DVD on his life and work, is sure to be of interest to both professionals and amateurs in the field.
"This gorgeously designed and printed book, with accompanying documentary film, traces the career of Arthus-Bertrand, among whose many exhibitions and 20 books is the photodocumentary Earth from Above (which has been viewed by 60 million people worldwide in its book and gallery forms). That book's large-scale images of the twists and turns of rivers and crater-like patterns of desert sands are here, but the heart of this work is Arthus-Bertrand's entire career, the focus of which has been ethnographic study of people and the animals on which they depend. Beautiful sepia shots (40 in all) mix with 180 crisp color pages. Most of the book's first half is devoted to Arthus-Bertrand's time among the Masai in the early 1980s, with lions and wildebeests in powerful evidence. Later, posed photos taken over the years at the annual Paris Agricultural Show reveal the essentials of a culture's relationship to its livestock. Throughout, the text explains 'Yann's' decisions on when and how to approach people, as well as the more technical aspects of taking photos on location and in the studio. The hour-long DVD moves chronologically through Arthus-Bertrand's career and includes interviews and footage from his years in Africa as well as from his many hours logged in helicopters shooting Earth from Above. (It also includes 100 screensavers and other features.) More a phenomenon in France, where a charity auction of the Earth from Above photos brought in unprecedented sums, Arthus-Bertrand and his work make for a satisfying study in the craft of photojournalism. (Dec.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Acclaimed aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is known for his best selling Earth From Above books and provocative outdoor exhibitions, and shares his personal story in Being a Photographer. The biographical text by Sophie Troubac looks at the development of his career from his early days photographing lions in Kenya, to his work for magazines such as Lui and L'Express, to his portraits of animals for French agricultural breeders, and finally to his aerial photographs and current devotion to Earth conservation. The book contains 220 illustrations (180 in color) and includes a DVD on Arthus-Bertrand's life and work.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This captivating overview of Yann Arthus-Bertrand, a prolific and versatile photographer, is complemented by an accompanying DVD on his life and work, and will be of interest to both professionals and amateurs in the field.
World-renowned phtographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes us on a visual journey tracing the highlights of his career.
About the Author
Yann Arthus-Bertrand's photographs have been featured in National Geographic, Life, GEO, and Paris-Match, among other magazines. He has published more than 20 books of photography, including Abrams' best-selling Earth From Above series and Good Breeding. Sophie Troubac is a writer of biographies and essays, primarily relating to photography.
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