For more than thirty years, George Steinmetz has been flying through the air like a bird, capturing breathtaking photographs of remote deserts, obscure cultures, and the mysteries of science and technology. His powerful work has been featured in The New York Times and in more than forty National Geographic photo essays. With a restless curiosity for the unknown, he has explored subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali desert) to the virtually unknown tree people of Irian Jaya in Indonesia. His expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi deserts have been featured in separate National Geographic Explorer TV programs. In 2006, he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to document the work of scientists in the Dry Valleys and volcanoes of Antarctica.
Best known for his aerial photography, Steinmetz has done much of his work with a foot-launched motorized paraglider—known affectionately as his “flying lawn chair”—which he pilots while taking pictures, as well as using drones to document climate change and the global food supply. On this special evening, George Steinmetz will take us on an unforgettable aerial journey around the world as seen through his lens.
George Steinmetz, Photographer; Author
George Steinmetz is a self-taught photographer who began his career while hitchhiking through Africa for twenty-eight months with a French dictionary. Steinmetz has received numerous awards for photography, including three prizes from World Press Photo and the Environmental Vision Award from Pictures of the Year for his work on large-scale agriculture for The New York Times Magazine. He has published four books of his photography: African Air, Empty Quarter, Desert Air, and New York Air. He received a BS in geophysics from Stanford.
This program is co-sponsored by Planet Earth Arts and Stanford Continuing Studies.