Episode Three: The Flying Photographer

George Steinmetz is an award-winning photographer who captures the world from a unique perspective – aboard a motorized paraglider. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic and his work spans a wide variety of topics from breathtaking aerial images of Arabian Pennisula’s vast sand sea to intimate portraits of the unknown tree people of the Irian Jaya. Steinmetz’s current passion project is taking him across the globe in search of vistas that evoke Martian landscapes.

Bio

About George Steinmetz

George Steinmetz's life has been one of constant exploration. Steinmetz, 57, is a renowned photographer whose work has been featured in 'The New Yorker,' 'Smithsonian,' and 'National Geographic'. It has also brought him to some of the most exotic corners of the world. A native of Beverly Hills, California, Steinmetz began his career after hitchhiking across Africa for 28 months in the 1980s. He was in his 20s at the time, having graduated from Stanford University with a degree in geophysics, and the experience would prove transformative. The African desert fascinated Steinmetz, and it figures prominently in his work today. To date, Steinmetz's photographs have been featured in 31 photo essays for National Geographic, and 25 pieces for the German magazine GEO. He's also authored three books: African Air, Empty Quarter, and Desert Air. But Steinmetz is far from the average photographer. Many of his photos are captured from aboard a motorized paraglider that Steinmetz pilots himself. It's an unorthodox technique, albeit one that has allowed him to see and document parts of the world that would otherwise be inaccessible. It's also earned numerous accolades, including two World Press Photo awards in the science and technology category, and honors from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club and Life Magazine's Alfred Eisenstadt Awards.      

See pictures of George Steinmetz soaring over Washington State's Columbia River Valley, where the landscape was sculpted by Ice Age floods and glaciers. View Gallery »

 

Join photojournalist George Steinmetz as he explores the channeled scablands of Eastern Washington from his motorized paraglider. In this full 360-degree immersive video, you can use your mouse to literally explore the scene from every angle.  Watch »

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