One of the best exhibitions I ever attended was a free outdoor affair with photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand called The Earth From Above. I was seriously blown away by the beauty and information these images shared and learnt a lot from the exhibition about our planet, it was very informative and well executed. When I look for inspiration for print designs I often look to the book I bought from the exhibition and thought I would share some of my favourites here today…
Yann Arthus-Bertrand was born in Paris in 1946, after working since 17 as a director’s assistant and actor Yann Arthus-Bertrand finally quit the film business in 1967 to run the Château de Saint Augustin wildlife park in the centre of France. A 30 year old Yann learnt to use the camera whilst in Kenya studying a family of lions with his wife Anne, on their return to France, he published a book called Lions. He was very aware of the power of the photograph and how to send a message, so he went on to become a journalist and photographer and in 1991 he opened the Altitude Agency specialising in aerial photography.
Yann started a study of the state of the earth in 1994 which was sponsored by UNESCO, the project became The Earth From Above a series of free exhibitions and a book, it is now also available on DVD.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand has always cared about the environment, he was appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment. In 2005, Yann founded GoodPlanet an international environmental organisation, to set up a program to offset the carbon omissions from his helicopter trips. The company now also works on helping other organisations reduce and offset their climatic impact through funding re-forestation, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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