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Desert Air

Steinmetz, George (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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"Hyper Arid is the first comprehensive photographic book on all of the world's extreme deserts (defined for the purposes of this book as those that receive no more than 4 inches of precipitation per year), the most remote and inhospitable places on earth. It is also a visual adventure story by one of the world's top expedition photographers who has spent the last 15 years on this epic body of work. The stunning and surreally beautiful photographs are enriched with stories from his adventures in the world's most difficult places: smuggling his aircraft into Libya, getting arrested for spying in Iran, crashing into a tree in Western China, and into the ocean off the coast of Mexico. The book is a comprehensive exploration of virtually every dune field and patch of barren ground that add up to the last great class of wilderness left on our planet. To visualize these remote places in a unique way, Steinmetz learned how to fly the world's lightest and slowest aircraft, a motorized paraglider. This experimental foot-launched aircraft consists of a backpack motor and a parachute-style wing that lets him fly low, and slow, to take pictures of places that have never been seen before. Together, these extraordinary places are like a disparate family of co-evolved landscapes, each similar, but uniquely beautiful"--
Authors: Steinmetz, George
Statement of Responsibility: George Steinmetz
Title: Desert air
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2012
Characteristics: 351 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 35 cm
Content Type: still image
text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "Hyper Arid is the first comprehensive photographic book on all of the world's extreme deserts (defined for the purposes of this book as those that receive no more than 4 inches of precipitation per year), the most remote and inhospitable places on earth. It is also a visual adventure story by one of the world's top expedition photographers who has spent the last 15 years on this epic body of work. The stunning and surreally beautiful photographs are enriched with stories from his adventures in the world's most difficult places: smuggling his aircraft into Libya, getting arrested for spying in Iran, crashing into a tree in Western China, and into the ocean off the coast of Mexico. The book is a comprehensive exploration of virtually every dune field and patch of barren ground that add up to the last great class of wilderness left on our planet. To visualize these remote places in a unique way, Steinmetz learned how to fly the world's lightest and slowest aircraft, a motorized paraglider. This experimental foot-launched aircraft consists of a backpack motor and a parachute-style wing that lets him fly low, and slow, to take pictures of places that have never been seen before. Together, these extraordinary places are like a disparate family of co-evolved landscapes, each similar, but uniquely beautiful"--
Subject Headings: Deserts Pictorial works Landscape photography
Topical Term: Deserts
Landscape photography
LCCN: 2012028737
ISBN: 9781419705595
Branch Call Number: 779.36 S
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June 17th. This illustrated presentation explores the world's “extreme deserts,” which receive less than four inches of precipitation per year. The author has spent 15 years on his epic body of work, the first comprehensive photographic collection of the world's deserts, capturing surreally beaut... Read More »


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Apr 15, 2013
  • sdelao rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A large coffee table book that is stunning! Large photographs of the deserts across the globe: from China to the United States and the animals and people that inhabit them. Really beautiful and I highly recommend it!

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