Earth from Above

Earlier this month I showed a film made by Yann Arthus-Bertrand called HOME. Today I am showing an extract from a video made of some of his stills photography taken from the air in both hot-air balloons and helicopter. Here is an introduction drawn mainly from the Wikipedia:

Yann Arthus-BertrandYann Arthus-Bertrand (born 13 March 1946) is a renowned and internationally recognised French photographer. He originally specialised in animal photography but later turned to aerial photography of subjects in many locations across the world.

He has produced over 60 books of his landscape photographs taken from helicopters and balloons. Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s work has been frequently published in National Geographic magazine.

He founded the Altitude Agency in 1991, which was the world’s first press agency and images bank specialising in aerial photography, currently having some 500,000 pictures taken in more than 100 countries by more than 100 photographers.

In 1994 Arthus-Bertrand started a thorough study on the state of the Earth sponsored by UNESCO, and made a picture inventory of the world’s most beautiful landscapes taken from helicopters and balloons. The book from this project, Earth from Above (‘la Terre vue du ciel’) sold over 3 million copies and was translated into 24 languages.

In 2000, his free exhibition Earth from Above was set up on posters on the gates of Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris. It then travelled from Lyon to Montreal, and worldwide to 110 cities and has been visited by 120 million people. In 2008, Earth from Above was released on DVD.

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