Arthus-Bertrand's aerial photographs have been assembled into a daybook, using 170 shots from his original volume plus 195 new ones. Often taken from a low altitude, they reveal the imprint of human civilization on the face of the globe. Several eminent environmentalists have contributed the texts.
Yann-Arthus Bertrand's photographic daybook features over 200 completely new photographs. Each image is accompanied on its facing page by a thoughtful and thorough explanatory text. The images reach across the continents, from the icebergs of Antarctica to the cotton fields of India to the olive plantations of Spain. All 12 chapters of the book open with a thoughtful introduction by one of several noted authors who address a wide variety of subjects critical to the present and future health of our planet: agriculture, biodiversity, sustainable development, energy, forests, fresh water, seas, global warming. The book thus offers us a new perspective on our spectacular but fragile environment.
Since its original publication in 1999, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's The Earth from the Air has been a touchstone for the environmental movement throughout the world. The result of a five-year journey across five continents and sixty countries, this spectacular portrait of our planet, produced with the sponsorship of UNESCO, is also an iconic reminder of its fragility.
In this special anniversary edition, Arthus-Bertrand and a dozen experts on current environmental issues evaluate the past decade's progress. With over 100 striking new images and nine new essays, including frank discussions of climate change and the growing energy crisis throughout the world, Arthus-Bertrand juxtaposes earth's raw beauty with the evidence of humanity's negative impact upon our home.
Under the patronage of UNESCO in 1994, Yann Arthus-Bertrand embarked upon his most ambitious project: creating a holistic view of Earth, seen from the air, to serve as a record of the global environment for present and future generations. The incredible results of these travels were published as The Earth from the Air. The book was translated into 24 languages, with more than 3 million copies distributed around the world.
The photographs also tour around the world in an open-air exhibition, free to the public.
To date, the exhibition has been shown in more than 100 cities and attracted over 100 million visitors.
The subject of Arthus-Bertrand's work is our world and its inhabitants, captured with humility and curiosity in a portrait that resonates deeply with audiences everywhere. In his pictures, meaning prevails over formal beauty: a good photograph has the power to challenge, instruct and move.
In inviting individuals to take responsibility for the planet's welfare, The Earth from the Air remains resolutely optimistic.