From on High: The Aerial Photography of George Steinmetz
George Steinmetz is literally a ‘flying photographer’, famous for his stunning low altitude aerial photography. His images from the skies effortlessly convey the scale of a story, pulling you to take notice layers of details on the incredible terrains that cover this planet. George’s tool for getting these aerial shots is his ‘flying lawn chair’ – a light powered motorised paraglider that’s essentially a seat, a sail, a tank of gas, a propeller. That contraption and his trusty camera have given him a different perspective of some of the most remarkable places on earth. A more detailed bio of Steinmetz follows after the photo gallery.
George Steinmetz: Detailed Biography
Born in California in 1957, George Steinmetz graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geophysics. He began his career in photography after hitchhiking through Africa for 28 months. He spent fifteen years exploring the world’s deserts, much of it while piloting a motorized paraglider, enabling him to capture images of the world otherwise inaccessible by other modes of transportation. In his 35-year career, Steinmetz has won numerous awards for photography, including three prizes from World Press Photo, the Environmental Vision award from Pictures of the Year, a citation from the Overseas Press Club, and was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the year in 2008. In 2006 he was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to document the work of scientists in the Dry Valleys and volcanoes of Antarctica. His current projects are documenting climate change and the global food supply, primarily with professional drones.
Steinmetz has just published his latest book, The Human Planet: Earth at the Dawn of the Anthropocene, a visual chronicle of how humans have come to be the dominant force shaping our planet, as seen through his 30 years of aerial photography across all seven continents. George’s images are accompanied by authoritative text by renowned science writer Andrew Revkin.