MAW Focus: Nature-oriented Photography boosts the Wild.

Updated: Aug 22

“The discoveries of science are both a source of knowledge, a source of understanding of the world and a source of fabulous wonder, and they help guide our choices”, stated in 2004 the photographer and film director Yann-Arthus Bertrand. His passion for Nature has always been in his DNA developing a specific skill in observing details of wild nature. That pushed him to manage a Nature Reserve by himself at the age of twenty. Turned thirty years old, he settled in Kenya with his wife following the footprints of a family of lions, within the Massaï Mara reserve. He started then to act as a real nature reporter, collecting a series of amazing ground and aerial photos which were commissioned by major news media like the National Geographic, Paris Match, Life and Le Figaro…Therefore, he focused on investigating the relationship between human being and animals through the publication of some in-depth photo books.

Photo >> 'Etude des lions' by Yann Arthus-Bertrand - © Yann-Arthus Bertrand

In 1991 he started a company, Altitude, specialized in air-view photography. Soon after, he kicked off the ‘GoodPlanet Foundation’ aimed at raising awareness on key environmental issues, notably deforestation, in cooperation with some targeted NGOs. On the 22nd April 2009 (Earth Day), he committed himself as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Program. He launched at the same time a TV series named ‘Vu du Ciel’ (Seen from the Sky), distributed on the French Television and in more than 45 countries. Following on the success achieved, he produced a featured film, Home, depicting the state of health of the Planet Hearth. He then released two more film productions for the United Nations: Forest and Desertification. In 2011, Bertrand gave life to ‘Hope Productions’, a non-profit company while co-directing ‘Planet Ocean’ with Michael Pitiot giving support to the ocean cause, also via the ‘Ocean Program’ boosted within the GoodPlanet Foundation.

Photo >> Detail of: 'Fight for life', Mara River, Masai Mara, Kenya, 1978 - © Yann-Arthus Bertrand - Photo taken by M.Abbati

Photo >> Sandbanks on the coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia, 1995 – © Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Bel-Air Fine Art Monte-Carlo devoted to Bertrand a specific sector on the occasion of the Monaco Art Week. In the foreground some of his best productions where nature gives its best revealing unexpected forms. His messages clearly make us reflect on the importance of respect towards natural habitat, reviving the symbiosis that binds us to the Planet so well understood by those populations living in wild territories. ***


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By Maurice Abbati

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