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Environmentalist and photographer
In 1976, 30-year-old Arthus-Bertrand travelled with his wife, Anne, to the Masai Mara nature reserve in Kenya, where he used a camera as a visual aid for his lion behaviour studies. In Africa, he earned his living as a balloonist, discovering the benefits of a bird's eye view for his studies and also gaining an overall picture of the area and its resources. His vocation was born: to photographically document the beauty of the earth and the impact of mankind on it.
Gradually, Yann became a reporter, working on environmental issues and collaborating with companies such as Geo, National Geographic, Life, Paris Match and Figaro Magazine, and in 1991 he finally founded the world's first aerial photography agency.
For the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio (1992), Yann decided to prepare a major work on the state of the planet for the year 2000: The earth from above. This book was a great success and sold over three million copies.
Yann then set up the GoodPlanet Foundation, whose mission is to raise public awareness of environmental issues, implement climate protection programmes and combat deforestation with local NGOs. Through this commitment, Yann Arthus-Bertrand is seen more as an environmentalist and activist than as a photographer. For this reason, Yann Arthus-Bertrand was appointed UN Special Envoy to the United Nations Environment Programme on Earth Day in 2009.
In 2006, Yann started the series "From Above", a television documentary series that deals with various environmental issues. Encouraged by his television experiment, Yann Arthus-Bertrand undertook the production of a feature film, "Home", which deals with the state of our planet and has so far been seen by over 600 million people.
For Rio+20, Yann directed the film "Planet Ocean" together with Michael Pitiot, a French screenwriter, which was intended to create an understanding of the importance of the oceans in the ecosystem. At the same time, the GoodPlanet Foundation initiated the "Ocean Programme" and published the book "Man and Sea" in May 2013. This awareness campaign, which was intended to reach many people, created a collective awareness and responsibility for the environment.
Since 2016, Yann has been producing his next feature film, "Woman", in collaboration with Anastasia Mikova, a Ukrainian journalist and director, which is scheduled for release in September 2019. This film gives women a voice and a place in the modern world and includes three years of shooting in 60 different countries and thousands of interviews. All films produced by HOPE - a non-profit film production company founded by Yann - are available free of charge to NGOs, non-profit organisations and schools in the context of environmental education.