George Steinmetz
Desert Air
November 3, 2012—March 3, 2013

George Steinmetz set out to photograph all of the world’s extreme deserts. To get aloft in such remote places he learned how to fly the world’s lightest and slowest aircraft, a motorized paraglider. His foot-launched aircraft gave him the ability to see these seldom visited areas in a way that has never been realized before.

The Desert Air project took him to 27 countries plus Antarctica to create the first comprehensive photographic book on all of the world’s hyper arid deserts. These include the most remote and inhospitable place on earth, from the summits of the Andes to the shores of the Dead Sea. Steinmetz ventured from the hottest place on earth, in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia, to the coldest in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

What many people believe to be wastelands, he found to be the last great class of wilderness left on our planet. In these austere environments he discovered extraordinary perseverance of life at the very limit of survival, and fragile landscapes and ecosystems that are in need of conservation.


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