TED: The story of life in photographs (VIDEO)


Frans Lanting is one of the greatest nature photographers of our time. His work has been featured in National Geographic, Audubon, and Time, as well as in numerous award-winning books. Lanting’s recent exhibition, The LIFE Project, offers a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth.

*Why you should listen*

The Mangelson blog has the following to say about Frans Lanting:

“In the pursuit of his work, Frans Lanting has lived in the trees with wild macaws, camped with giant tortoises inside a volcanic crater, and documented never-before-photographed wildlife and tribal traditions in Madagascar. The Dutch-born, California-based photographer has traveled to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the rainforests of Borneo, and the home of emperor penguins in Antarctica.

“The resulting photographs — staggering in their beauty, startling in their originality — have brought much-needed attention to endangered species and ecological crises throughout the world. In 2001, HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands inducted Lanting as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the country’s highest conservation honor — just one of many honors he has received throughout his illustrious career.”

*What others say*

“As a chronicler of natural history today, Frans Lanting is a singular extraordinary talent. He has the mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet.” – Thomas R Kennedy, Director of Photography for the National Geographic Society.
Photographer Frans Lanting has had an exciting life!