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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.”

The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand



Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “It’s time to come together. We all have the power to change, so what are we waiting for?”

It’s time to come together. We all have the power to change, so what are we waiting for?

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The key of ‘The Earth from Above,’ and of ‘Home’ is to show the beauty of the planet, and thereby to promote love for it.”

The key of ‘The Earth from Above,’ and of ‘Home’ is to show the beauty of the planet, and thereby to promote love for it.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 changed my life completely, turning me into an activist. From the air, you see things you can’t see from the ground – you really understand the impact of man, even in a place you know well. My work is meant to convince people we can no longer live like this.”

The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 changed my life completely, turning me into an activist. From the air, you see things you can’t see from the ground – you really understand the impact of man, even in a place you know well. My work is meant to convince people we can no longer live like this.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.”

No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “I wanted to be a scientist. I did a thesis on lions. But I realised photography can show things writing can’t. Lions were my professor of photography.”

I wanted to be a scientist. I did a thesis on lions. But I realised photography can show things writing can’t. Lions were my professor of photography.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “I never lose an opportunity to speak about my obsession: humankind and the environment.”

I never lose an opportunity to speak about my obsession: humankind and the environment.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “After Hurricane Katrina, over New Orleans, my helicopter crashed and the pilot and I were only saved because we fell on the roof of a flooded house that absorbed the shock. When the helicopter was spiraling downward out of control, I didn’t expect to survive at all.”

After Hurricane Katrina, over New Orleans, my helicopter crashed and the pilot and I were only saved because we fell on the roof of a flooded house that absorbed the shock. When the helicopter was spiraling downward out of control, I didn’t expect to survive at all.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “One fifth of human kind depend on fish to live. Today now 70 percent of the fish stock are over-exploited. According to FAO if we don’t change our system of fishing the main sea resources will be gone in 2050. We don’t want to believe what we know.”

One fifth of human kind depend on fish to live. Today now 70 percent of the fish stock are over-exploited. According to FAO if we don’t change our system of fishing the main sea resources will be gone in 2050. We don’t want to believe what we know.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The lions taught me photography. They taught me patience and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you.”

The lions taught me photography. They taught me patience and the sense of beauty, a beauty that penetrates you.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand



Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The trust we build over the years if of tremendous help to me when I start in a new project and need to find associates.”

The trust we build over the years if of tremendous help to me when I start in a new project and need to find associates.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “I’m not an expert when it comes to technology, but what changed things for me was autofocus. I used to have to throw away half my pictures because it was so difficult to get the focus right.”

I’m not an expert when it comes to technology, but what changed things for me was autofocus. I used to have to throw away half my pictures because it was so difficult to get the focus right.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “For me, an aerial picture is no different than a close-up portrait. It’s a question of framing and angle. Helicopters are great for that. But I’ve also used planes. Of course, I always have a harness.”

For me, an aerial picture is no different than a close-up portrait. It’s a question of framing and angle. Helicopters are great for that. But I’ve also used planes. Of course, I always have a harness.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “An image of the earth, its landscapes, directly affects people. The beauty of the earth creates enormous emotion, and through that emotion, you can transmit knowledge and raise consciousness.”

An image of the earth, its landscapes, directly affects people. The beauty of the earth creates enormous emotion, and through that emotion, you can transmit knowledge and raise consciousness.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “Will we be able to imagine a new culture of water?”

Will we be able to imagine a new culture of water?

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “For nearly two years, I was flying above the planet with my camera. I knew straight away that this was something important to do, just at this moment, a portrait of the planet for the millennium year. I worked in 80 countries, fighting for money all the time.”

For nearly two years, I was flying above the planet with my camera. I knew straight away that this was something important to do, just at this moment, a portrait of the planet for the millennium year. I worked in 80 countries, fighting for money all the time.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The West has become the world model; developing countries are dreaming of living like us, which is impossible. They should reject our model, because it is not sustainable. Developing countries should even give us the example, but unfortunately that’s not what happens.”

The West has become the world model; developing countries are dreaming of living like us, which is impossible. They should reject our model, because it is not sustainable. Developing countries should even give us the example, but unfortunately that’s not what happens.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “To have success in your professional life is not so hard. To succeed as a man is more difficult.”

To have success in your professional life is not so hard. To succeed as a man is more difficult.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “Our children think our world will end. It’s a tragic thing. Adults don’t think that. They don’t see that we are eating the planet. But we are. If you take all the biomass of vertebrates on the planet, 98% are men and their domestic animals. All the wild animals in the world make up only 2%.”

Our children think our world will end. It’s a tragic thing. Adults don’t think that. They don’t see that we are eating the planet. But we are. If you take all the biomass of vertebrates on the planet, 98% are men and their domestic animals. All the wild animals in the world make up only 2%.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “The whole world is determined by trade – which is really the blood of the world. The driving force is everyone’s desire to have a better life. How? By consuming. For countries, the ‘Holy Grail’ is economic growth.”

The whole world is determined by trade – which is really the blood of the world. The driving force is everyone’s desire to have a better life. How? By consuming. For countries, the ‘Holy Grail’ is economic growth.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand



Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote: “I always take hundreds and hundreds of pictures. I used to work for ‘National Geographic,’ and they gave us a lot of film.”

I always take hundreds and hundreds of pictures. I used to work for ‘National Geographic,’ and they gave us a lot of film.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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