From photos taken from the sky to more intimate portraits, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, director, photographer and defender of the planet, looks back on 50 years of work with a first exposure retrospective. “Legacy - the legacy that we are going to leave to our children” is installed at the Grande Arche de la Défense.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

"This exhibition is about the beauty of the world, the obvious beauty that surrounds us," said the photographer and director 73 years old. "A dedicated exhibition" which also shows "what we are losing". About 250 photos were selected: a woman fishing in the Ganges, the flight of the flamingo in Kenya, a glacier that broke ...

We take the first aerial photos of the youngster Yann Arthus-Bertrand, then pilot in Kenya of hot air balloon, with portraits of animals (series "Bestiaux") and their breeders, the project "The Earth seen from the sky" initiated in 1992. With aerial photography, you can very quickly understand a country, this that people eat, how they move… Moreover, everyone is doing it today with the new drones ”, explains the man who describes himself as a“ popular photographer ”.

“Today, I feel more of a journalist than a photographer or an artist,” he says. His favorite subjects are those who "talk about subsistence farmers who work the land with their hands to feed their families, the 3 million people who come to cities every week across the world."

There are also lesser-known French portraits on the Grande Arche, recent yellow vests, including Ingrid Levavasseur, "whom he likes very much", a series which was taken in the 80s and which he continues.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

A strange inheritance ...

He said, I was just thinking about what our generation left to young people. When I was born, there were 2 billion on Earth, and 7 billion today. We are a generation of consumers, we are richer, older, we have lower infant mortality, fewer hungry people… but it comes at a price: we destroy everything around us. »» When I studied lions, there were 400,000, and today there are 20,000. In France, we have lost 30% of passerines. And the elephants… the latest figures are unknown.

"So it's a exposure on this subject, an exhibition which makes me a little angry, ”he repeated again. Anyone who says they have always voted green since René Dumont's candidacy in 1974 criticizes politicians who "lack courage, intelligence" and "this growing religion which prevents us from facing the truth".

"And I know that we will not stop the machine," he said, only comforted by the mobilization of young people for the climate. I am also angry with myself. Because “I'm the manager too. I also flew a lot! Five of his films are screened at the Grande Arche, including his long version of Favorite (2015).

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: A film and a foundation

Today, with his wife he is doing "Legacy", he writes a film with a lot of archives, "to the economy", in which the former fool who has spent 14 schools tells his life from the lions of the Masai Mara , who taught him photography

The other mission is the GoodPlanet Foundation, which raises environmental awareness and opens its headquarters to the great outdoors (Bois de Boulogne) to the public. The photographer was recently appointed to the LVMH board of directors as a “censor”. Hoping to "bring a little ecology", he explains. “Bernard Arnault does not have the same ecological awareness as me. But these people have so many resources that they can change the world if they want to get involved. My job is not to refuse to talk to them. No 'changes in the world if we don't take the CAC40 with us. ""
Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Who is Yann Arthus-Bertrand

The early years…

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, born in Paris on March 13, 1946, is a French photographer, reporter, director and environmentalist. He is president of the GoodPlanet Foundation. His book Earth Seen from the Sky, first published in 1999, from which a documentary of the same name was produced in 2004, is a worldwide bestseller. Youth and beginnings Yann Arthus-Bertrand was born on March 13, 1946 in the family of medallion jewelers, the Arthus-Bertrand family founded in the 19th century by Claude Arthus-Bertrand and Michel-Ange Marion. In 1963, at the age of 17, he became an assistant director and then a film actor.

He plays alongside Michèle Morgan in "Dis-moi qui", filmed by Etienne Périer in 1965, and in 1970 in OSS 117 he goes on vacation with Pierre Kalfon. In 1967, he left the cinema and worked in the animal park of the Château de Saint-Augustin in Château-sur-Allier3 in the Allier region. In 1976, at the age of 30, he and his wife Anne left the country for live in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya and to investigate the behavior of a family of lions that he photographed every day for three years. Pierre Pfeffer was the thesis director of Anne and Yann Arthus-Bertrand for his study of the lions of the Masai Mara.

He then becomes a hot air balloon pilot and will discover the land of the sky and give new impetus to aerial photography.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: International photographer

Back in France in 1981, he published the Lions photo book in 1983 and became an international journalist, reporter and photographer. He specialized in major stories on adventure, sport, nature, animal and aerial photography for National. Geographic, Figaro Magazine, Paris Match and Geo.

He followed ten Paris / Dakar rallies and fortunately escaped death on January 14, 1986, leaving room for Daniel Balavoine in a helicopter which crashed a few hours later. Every year, he produces the book for the Roland Garros tennis tournament and photographs the annual Paris agricultural show.

He also reports on Dian Fossey and his mountain gorillas in Rwanda. During this period, he also began a more personal work, focusing in particular on the relations between humans and animals, which led to the publication of books on horses and cattle. In 1991, he founded the Altitude agency, the first press agency and aerial photo bank in the world.

With the support of Unesco, Yann Arthus-Bertrand made a commitment in 1994 to identify the most beautiful landscapes in the world from the sky. This project, entitled The Earth Seen from the Sky, has the motto: “Discover the beauty of the world and try to protect the earth”. It will produce the book of the same name, a publishing phenomenon with more than 4.2 million copies sold in 27 languages.

In 2000, no museum wanted to exhibit his photographs. He then decides to exhibit his photos in the street. The first exhibition of this type, installed in particular at the gates of the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris as well as in Lyon, Rouen and Montreal, has since been seen by more than 200 million visitors in a hundred countries.

He then published "Seen from the sky - when people commit to nature", "Algeria seen from the sky or Paris seen from the sky" with La Martinière editions, works which will have a great success.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Legacy Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Exhibition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: Director

His first feature film, Home, produced by Luc Besson and funded by Kering and the Qatar Foundation, was released on June 5, 2009 on the occasion of World Environment Day (organized by the United Nations since 1972) and broadcast in 90-minute version in the first part in the evening on television, then in a long version on the Champ-de-Mars in Paris.

It is meant to be an inventory of the planet and the attitude humanity needs to take to deal with it. This film has been seen by nearly 600 million people in over 100 countries. The newspaper Le Monde speaks of a "successful flight" at the beginning of the film. Yann is at the origin of the 7 billion Others project, developed by the GoodPlanet Foundation and whose principle is to meet the peoples of the world and collect their testimonies.

To date, more than 6,000 testimonials have been filmed in 84 countries.

In 2011, Yann Arthus-Bertrand directed two short films for the United Nations, the first for the International Year of Forests and the second for desertification, both screened during general assemblies. That same year, he founded Hope Production, a non-profit company. Within this production company, he directed the film La soif du monde with Thierry Piantanida and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire, screened in preview at the 6th World Water Forum and broadcast in the first part of the evening on television on the 20th March 2012.

Still with Hope Production, Yann directed the film Planet Ocean with Michael Pitiot, screened at Rio + 20 in June 2012 during the United Nations World Summit for the Environment. In 2015, Yann produced the program L'Algérie vue du ciel on France 2 with Michael Pitiot and Yazid Tizi and produced the same year Human, on which he worked for nearly three years.

Human is a documentary that brings together a number of testimonies from people dispersed in life situations across planet Earth. The director relied on interviews with more than 2,000 people in 65 countries2. 110 interviews were selected during processing3.

Topics covered include love, agriculture, homosexuality and immigration. Among those interviewed, there are sometimes famous personalities such as Bill Gates, Ban Ki-moon or the former Uruguayan president José Mujica, only the latter appears in the television montage.

There is also the certificate of the disabled swimmer Philippe Croizon6. Other testimonies: that of the American actress Cameron Diaz and the French writer Frédérique Hébrard7. At the end of 2015, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot signed a new documentary entitled TERRA, also broadcast on France 2.

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand: Moderator

From 2006 to 2011, Yann Arthus-Bertrand hosted Vu du ciel, a television program on France 2 dedicated to the environment. It is distributed in 49 countries.

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