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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fragile Earth From Above~~

Fragile Earth From Above

"Earth From Above" is the result of the aerial photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's five-year airborne odyssey across six continents. It's a spectacular presentation of large scale photographs of astonishing natural landscapes. Every stunning aerial photograph tells a story about our changing planet.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, born 1946 in France, has become globally famous as a nature photographer. During his career he discovered the beauty of the world as seen from above when he became a hot air balloon pilot and began experimenting with aerial photography. Besides photography, Yann passionately engages in non-profit projects for different organizations.

By 2005, Arthus-Bertrand created the association GoodPlanet. This international NGO develops numerous projects whose shared objective is to educate about sustainable development and request individuals across every background, culture and border to think beyond the development of our planet and, instead, toward the future of all of its inhabitants.

Earth From Above, a 4-episode, 8-hour TV series then launched in 2007 and renewed for 2008, prompting Arthus-Bertrand to begin filming of Home, a documentary-style feature film about the state of our planet and challenges facing us to protect it. Its simultaneous worldwide release is scheduled for June 5th, 2009 - World Environment Day.

Arthus-Bertrand was a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France in 2006. He is a knight of the Legion of Honour, an Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit, and an Officer of the National Order of Merit. In 2007, Arthus-Bertrand helped Al Gore present his Academy Award-winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, to the French Parliament.

As an artist, documentarian and advocate, Yann Arthus-Bertrand demonstrates the power of images to convey universal emotion, understanding and shared appreciation for our planet and its inhabitants. For this reason, he is recognized worldwide as one of the most important and respected environmentalists of our time.

Caravan of dromedaries near Tichit, Mauritania

Herd of Hereford cows crossing the Chimehuin river, Argentina
Gullholmen village, north of Göteborg, Sweden

Denver, Colorado


Palácio Nacional da Pena, Portugal

Palácio Nacional da Pena, Portugal

Township in Cap Town, Republic of South Africa

The Inca city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco region, Peru

The medieval city, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Área Residencial, Beijing, China

Maasai Mara National Reserve,Kenya

Open coal mine near Delmas

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia

Houses on stilts, Makoko shanty town, Lagos, Nigeria

Bazaar of Istanbul, Turkey

Neuschwanstein castle, Bavaria, Germany

Hashima Island, also known as Gunkanjima or “Battleship” Island, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan

Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Stranded boat, Aral sea, Aralsk region, Kazakhstan

Add cPalm Jumeirah artificial island, Dubai, United Arab Emiratesaption

Dovecotes at Mit Gahmur, Egypt

Varanasi, the Ghats along the Ganges, Uttar Pradesh, India

Kibbutz of Sha’alvim, near Modi’in, Central District, Israel
solar plant in andalusia spain

Volcano of Rano Raraku, Easter Island, Chile

epicenter of the atomic bomb on hiroshima japan

Mountains near Jengish

los angeles freeways

Louver and Ile de la Cité in Paris, France

American cemetery north of Verdun, Meuse, France

Housing plots at Brøndby, on the outskirts of Copenhagen, Seeland, Denmark

Elephants in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

Ruins of the medieval citadel of Shali in the town of Siwa, Egypt

Start of the Bol d’or race, Leman lake, Switzerland


icebergs and an Adelie penguin, Adelie Land, Antarctica

Agricultural landscape near Cognac, Charente, France

Islet in the terraced rice fields of Bali, Indonesia

The Grand Bazaar, istanbul turkey


Bora Bora Islands french Polynesia

Dromedary caravan in the dunes, near Nouakchott, Mauritania

Catamaran in the Glénan archipelago, south coast of Finistère, France

Cattle near the Masai Mara National Park, Kenya

Air Terminal 2, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Val-d’Oise, France

Detail of the Gallo-Roman ruins at Pontchartrain, Yvelines Department, France

Dried cracked mud in Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhone, France


Flight of scarlet ibises near Pedernales

Gardens at the Château of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine et Marne, Franc

Gardens of the Château de Villandry, Indre-et-Loire Department, France

The Heart of Voh in 1990, New Caledonia (French Overseas Territory) 1

The Heart of Voh in 1990, New Caledonia (French Overseas Territory

House in Keremma, on the Kernic cove at low tide, Finistère, France

Icebreaker Louis Saint Laurent in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada

Iraqi tank graveyard in the desert near Al Jahrah, Kuwait

Mountainous countryside near Maelifellssandur, Myrdalsjökull Region, Iceland



Naturists of the center of Arnaoutchot, Landes, France

Dovecotes at Mit Gahmur, Egypt


Road interrupted by a sand dune, Nile Valley, Egypt.

Roped party of mountaineers climbing Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie Department, France

Kibbutz of Sha’alvim, near Modi’in, Central District, Israel

Subaquatic vegetation in the Loire river near Digoin, Saône-et-Loire, France

Village near Tahoua, Niger

Tasmania, Australia

The Gorges of the Bras de Caverne, island of Reunion, France

The Puy de Dome, Auvergne volcano range, Puy-de-Dome, France

The islets of Nokanhui, south of le des Pins, New Caledonia, France

The largest plant maze in the world, at Reignac-sur-Indre, Indre-et-Loire Department, France

Modern graves in a cemetery at Asyut, Nile valley, Egypt

Town of Koh Pannyi, Phand Nga bay, Thailand

Training arena in the hippodrome of Maisons-Laffitte, Yvelines, France

Trees in the middle of water near Taponas, Rhône region, France


Fields of tulips near Lisse, near Amsterdam, Netherlands

Versailles Chateau at sunset,Yvelines, France

Village in the Rheris Valley, Er Rachidia region, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

White horse of Uffington, Oxfordshire, England

Worker resting on bales of cotton, Thonakaha, Korhogo, Ivory Coast. Cotton crops occupy approximately 335,000 square klilometers worldwide, and use nearly one quarter of all pesticides sold

boats in the port of Mopti on the Niger River, Mali

Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil

Snowmobiles on the ice, Baffin Island, Canada

A whale swims off the Valdes peninsula, Argentina

Palm Jumeirah artificial island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Marina Bay Sands Casino Singapore

"Tree of life", Tsavo national park, Kenya. This acacia is a symbol of life in the vast expanses of thorny savanna, where wild animals come to take advantage of its leaves or its shade

Mount Pinatubo, a volcano north of Manila, Luzon, Philippines
Village on stilts in Tongkil, Samales Islands, Philippines

Islet, Congo river near Mossaka, Cuvette, Republic of the Congo

Meteora Monastery, Thessaly, Greece

Countryside around Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Tea gardens at Boseong, Jeollanam-do Province, South Korea

Meeting in a stadium, west Seoul, Gyeonggy, South Korea

Botanical garden at Oedo Paradise Island, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Seaweed cultivation off Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea

Lake Velence, Hungary

Wetland near Surgut, Siberia, Russia

Dairy cows passing between dunes, Maule province, Chile

Moaïs statues, Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile

Rano Kau volcano in Rapa Nui national park, Easter Island, Chile

Parasols on a beach close to Agia Napa, Famagusta District, Cyprus

Vineyards near Liopetri, Famagusta District, Cyprus
Cotton fabrics drying in the sun, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Garni Temple, Kotayk Province, Armenia

Royal tombs of Wat Phra si Sanphet (Temple of Sanphet), Ayutthaya, Thailand

Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006, annual floralie in Chiang Mai, province of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat at Westside of Chiang Mai, province of Chiang Mai, Thaïland

Rice fields north of Pokhara, Nepal

Satellite dishes on the roofs of Aleppo, Syria

Norias on the Orontes River in Hama, Syrie

Dunes near the sea at Khor Al-Abaid, Qatar
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

*Photographs all owned by Yann Arthus-Bertrand*
Please visit Yann's personal website http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org/