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Book Title: The Earth From The Air 365 Days|
The author of the book: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
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Edition: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Date of issue: October 22nd 2001
ISBN 13: 9780500542385
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The size of the: 924 KB
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French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand can be forgiven for looking down on the world when his latest global survey, The Earth from the Air, 365 Days bears such bold witness to the variety of our lives and our planet. More compact than the original The Earth from the Air, but somehow no less heavy, Arthus-Bertrand's glossy portrait-diary of privileged panoramas formalises the concept of looking at a single piece of art each day by arranging yet another stunning array of bird's-eye glimpses of the lives we lead, and the multitude we don't and never will. His now-recognisable preferences are much in evidence, such as a person or animal to give scale or reference to a shot (the relationship between man and beast greatly informs his more traditional portrait work, such as Dogs and Cats, local markets, primitive enclosures and dwellings, seaweed, water as transport, life-sustainer, destroyer and habitat and an irresistible attraction to the flamingo's brilliant hue. This time, even greater emphasis is placed on verbal context for each image, with a predominantly social commentary which acts as a moral tax on the visual delights. Oceans are overfished, rainforests destroyed, but Nature can play as malevolent a role, through hurricanes, or volcanoes, which feature prominently both as beautiful perils or as forces of geological shape. Indeed, perhaps the most beautiful photographs reveal tortured, sinewy geological formation, showing how much our world is formed by the fragile strength of its own internal forces and resources as much as humankind deforms it. Images stick in the mind: mangrove clearings in New Caledonia in the shape of a heart; stilt houses on the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela--literally Little Venice; an abandoned town near Chernobyl. Some exist aesthetically, some metaphorically, while others provoke, but almost without exception, they draw in the browser to contemplative delight. Textured works of art, daily balm for the vertiginous, The Earth from the Air, 365 Days is manna from heaven, and sure beats the Pirelli calendar --David Vincent
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Read information about the authorYann Arthus-Bertrand was born in a renowned jewellers' family founded by Claude Arthus-Bertrand and Michel-Ange Marion. His sister Catherine is one of his closest collaborators. He's been interested in nature and wildlife from an early age.
From the age of 17 he became involved in the movie industry. He gave up the movie industry in 1967 to run the Château de Saint Augustin wildlife park in Château sur Allier (centre of France). He then left the country with his wife Anne when he was 30 (1976) to live in Kenya in the Massai Mara national park. He lived amongst the Massai tribe for 3 years to study the behaviour of a lions’ family and took daily pictures of them during those years. He thus discovered a new passion for photography and the beauty of landscapes when observed from above in hot air balloons. He understood the power of a picture and how to communicate using this means.
He came back to France in 1981, published a photography book Lions in 1983, and became an international journalist, reporter and photographer specialising in documentaries on sports, wildlife and aerial photography for French magazines such as Paris Match and Geo. He photographed ten Paris-Dakar rallies. Every year he published a book on Rolland Garros, the tennis French open. He also took pictures every year at the Paris International Agricultural Show, and of Dian Fossey and gorillas in Rwanda.
In 1994 Arthus-Bertrand started a thorough study on the state of the Earth sponsored by UNESCO. Therefore he 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.
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