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#8: Feeding the World – with Aerial Photographer George Steinmetz

Known as 'the flying photographer', George Steinmetz is the natural world’s leading aerial artist, being famous for his trademark low altitude aerial photography, a special technique that he has invented and perfected. He has done much of his work with a foot-launched motorized paraglider, which he pilots while taking pictures, as well as using drones to document climate change and the global food supply.

His exploration and science photography has been featured in more than 40 National Geographic photo essays, The New York Times, Smithsonian, TIME, The New Yorker and many others, and in 2008, he was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. His numerous awards for photography include three prizes from World Press Photo.

Most currently, he has published a book titled “The Human Planet”, a sweeping visual chronicle of the Earth today, considering issues such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, and the ever-expanding human footprint.


https://georgesteinmetz.com/

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