Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. He is President of the GoodPlanet Foundation which he created in 2005.
He began his career photographing lions in the Masai Mara in Kenya in the 1980’s while studying their behaviour. When he returned to France, he published his first book Lions and created Altitude Agency, the first press agency and image bank specializing in aerial photography.
In 1994 he started a thorough study on the state of the earth sponsored by UNESCO. As part of the study he made a picture inventory of the world’s most beautiful landscapes taken from helicopters and hot-air balloons. The book from this project, Earth from Above sold over 4 million copies and was translated into 24 languages.
Following his success, he took to the air again and released his first movie, Home, produced by Luc Besson. Home has now been seen by 600 million people around the globe.
Considered an environmentalist as much as a photographer, he became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ environment Program in 2009. In 2015 he released the film Human which premiered at the United Nations and the Venice Film Festival. Similar to Home and his project entitled 7 Billion Others, Human is a compilation of interviews with people from 45 different countries of all backgrounds with aerial images from around the world.