Synopses & Reviews
Since its original publication in 1999, Yann Arthus-Bertrandand#8217;s Earth From Above has been a touchstone for the environmental movement throughout the world, selling more than 3 million copies in all languages. The result of a five-year journey across five continents and 60 countries, this spectacular portrait of our planet is also an iconic reminder of its fragility.
In this anniversary edition, Arthus-Bertrand and one dozen experts on current environmental issues look back upon the past decadeand#8217;s progress. With more than 100 striking new images and nine new essays, including frank discussions of climate change and the growing energy crisis throughout the world, Arthus-Bertrand poignantly juxtaposes Earthand#8217;s raw beauty with the evidence of humanityand#8217;s negative impact upon our home.
The result of a five-year journey across five continents and 60 countries, this spectacular portrait of the planet is also an iconic reminder of its fragility. In this anniversary edition, Arthus-Bertrand and one dozen experts on current environmental issues look back upon the past decade's progress.
Celebrated exploration photographer George Steinmetz takes his art to a new level in Desert Air
, the first comprehensive photographic collection of the worldand#8217;s and#8220;extreme deserts,and#8221; which receive less than four inches of precipitation per year. Steinmetz has spent 15 years on this epic body of work, capturing remarkable and surreally beautiful visions of deserts, from Chinaand#8217;s great Gobi Desert to the Sahara in northern Africa to Death Valley in California. Much more than a visual journey, these images are enriched by the exciting stories behind Steinmetzand#8217;s adventures in some of the worldand#8217;s most difficult and challenging areasand#8212;from smuggling his paraglider into Libya to getting arrested for spying in Iran, to crashing into a tree in western China. Desert Air
reveals extraordinary desert ecosystems that together form a kind of disparate family of coevolved landscapes; similar, yet each unique in its own way.
To preview some of these incredible images, watch the book trailer on Vimeo:and#12288;http://vimeo.com/50387081
Over the past three years, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the GoodPlanet Foundation have gathered more than 2,000 interviews in 70 countries, while capturing portraits and aerial photographs. Human explores fundamental themesandmdash;Justice, Tolerance, Poverty, War, Happiness, and moreandmdash;and each chapter includes excerpts from interviews and essays written by eminent journalists and human rights activists. The book will launch simultaneously with the movie, which will be distributed worldwide for free, with screenings at the United Nations in New York as well as in major international cities. With its collection of inspiring, spectacular images, allied to the unforgettable testimonies of mankindandmdash;Human is a landmark achievement in documentary film and book publishing, a compelling portrait of humanity at the beginning of the 21st century.
About the Author
Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the award-winning photographer and author of more than 40 books, including the international bestseller Earth from Above, which has sold more than 3 million copies. He is the chairman of GoodPlanet Foundation, a nonprofit association for the promotion of sustainable development, and the director of the documentary film Home.