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Yann Arthus- Bertrand’s work taps into the age-old wisdom reminding us that beauty has always possessed an ethical value:


It inspires us to be our best.


Midtown Manhattan


Palazzo Chupi painted by artist Julian Schnabel, West Village


“It is too late to be pessimistic.” —Yann Arthus-Bertrand


to earn a living, he took a job as a hot-air balloon pilot. It was then he discovered the world as seen from above, and later, he would fly all over the world taking photographs and thus realize his calling: to offer people undisputable evidence of the world’s beauty. He invented a style that would subsequently be picked up by many others, a radical method that involved shooting from an aerial perspective, vertical views obtained by using helicopters and hot-air balloons. His images are a rupture from conventional horizontal landscapes. They take on an extraordinary quality, that of a unique point of view, inaccessible to earth dwellers confined to the ground. Arthus-Bertrand found his own very personal way of unveiling the geometry of the world, the lines and colors of our planet.


While exploring this terrestrial beauty, Yann is completely engrossed in his subject, like an actor who is carried away by his script, or a journalist moved by a witness. This beauty overwhelms him. “The


experience of flying over the world for my work truly transformed me,” he often repeats.


This man, once barely concerned with the environment, realized with conviction that the world’s beauty is vulnerable and that it must be protected. It was then that he became an ecologist. Since that pivotal point, Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been motivated to inspire in others the same kind of wake-up call that transformed his own life.


However, this man goes about it with his own approach. In contrast to other ecologists who proclaim the end of the world and warn about coming catastrophes, Yann adopts a positive tone. He would like others to love the world as much as he does, and hence be moved to protect it, so he has chosen to focus his lens on the fragile yet astonishing beauty of the planet and its inhabitants.


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