06/06/05 “GALLERY EARTH" OPENS IN LONDON: PHOTOGRAPHER MAKES A POINT WITH HIS SNAPSHOT OF PLANET EARTH
The major photographic exhibition EARTH FROM THE AIR - a photographic portrait of our planet by Yann Arthus-Bertrand opens in London today (June 6 th). Its opening is boosted by the unveiling of 7 new images from his continuing project to record the state of the planet at the start of the new millennium. The exhibition has already inspired millions world-wide with its beauty and, often hard-hitting, impact.
The spectacular free open air exhibition of giant-sized aerial photographs (2.5 x 1.5m in size) by celebrated French photographer Arthus-Bertrand will be at the More London site on the South Bank of the Thames close to Tower Bridge until the end of September. The area has been transformed into an outdoor gallery on a massive scale.
The exhibition of 120 large scale photos tells the story of our changing planet; seen together they are an outstanding visual testimony to the world we live in today. Taken in over 100 countries, most of Arthus-Bertrand’s photos were expertly captured by flying in helicopters over his subjects. The remarkable result is an exhibition of stunning aerial photographs with compelling narrative panels highlighting the issues each one illustrates.
Exhibition Director Chris Bridge , of Wecommunic8, said: “The environmental and economic development themes you see at Earth from the Air explain exactly why Drop the Debt, Bob Geldof’s Live 8 and so many other initiatives fill our news bulletins everyday. Yet here you see them in a new light. The exhibition has been a phenomenon wherever it has been seen. It tells us so much about our world. The More London site is now a buzzing outdoor gallery in the most fantastic riverside space with its backdrop of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, making it a great free attraction."
The exhibition will be opened by the Mayor for London, Ken Livingstone, and coincides with the start of London Sustainability Weeks.
Commenting about the exhibition Ken Livingstone, said: “This spectacular and thought provoking set of aerial photographs illustrate the relationship between human beings and our planet. I am delighted to welcome the exhibition to London in order to help reinforce the message that we all need to play a part in protecting the environment for future generations."
Endorsing the influence of the exhibition Jonathan Porritt, Director of the Forum for the Future and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Forum, says: “ Earth from the Air is an extraordinary initiative, in that it challenges each and every person who comes into contact with it. We can't simply manage our way out of today's environmental crisis: we have to respond as much with our hearts and our souls as with our powers of reason. And that's exactly the impact that Earth from the Air has on people."
The exhibition which is supported by DEFRA and the Worldwide Fund for Nature is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the end of September 2005. It is free to visit.
PHOTOGRAPHER Yann Arthus-Bertrand is available for interview.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Rod Macrae at Macrae Media and Communication, Tel: 01491 613 715; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Smith Earth from the Air Press Office: 0207 336 0298; email email@example.com or visit the website: www.earthfromtheair.com
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Exhibition is located at: More London Riverside, off Tooley Street, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge adjacent to the City Hall on the south bank of the Thames.
6 th June 2005
“GALLERY EARTH" MAKES A GREAT DAY OUT IN LONDON AND BEST OF ALL ITS FREE!
Finding somewhere to visit in London that keeps everyone happy - and doesn’t break the bank is not easy to do. Yet a major photographic exhibition EARTH FROM THE AIR - a photographic portrait of our planet by Yann Arthus-Bertrand which opens in London on June 6 th is a spectacular free open air exhibition of 120 giant-sized aerial photographs (2.5 x 1.5m in size) and easily enjoyed by all ages. It will be at the More London site on the South Bank of the Thames close to Tower Bridge until the end of September. The vast area has been transformed into an outdoor gallery on a massive scale in the most fantastic riverside space with its backdrop of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Additional attractions are a giant-sized walk-on map of the world which is popular with children of all ages and allowing visitors to say - without a hint of exaggeration - that they went out for the day and walked around the world.
The photos tell the story of our changing planet; how we live and what impact we make. Taken in over 100 countries, most of Arthus-Bertrand’s photos were expertly captured by flying in helicopters over his subjects.
Its opening is boosted by the unveiling of 7 new images from the photographer’s continuing project to record the state of the planet at the start of the new millennium. The exhibition has already inspired millions world-wide with its beauty and, often hard-hitting, impact.
Exhibition Director Chris Bridge, of Wecommunic8, said: “This is a great free attraction and that makes it a fantastic thing to add to your plans for a visit to London. We find people come to the exhibition and stay far longer than they expected as they take it all in. The More London site is now a buzzing outdoor gallery."
Chris adds: “It may not make you a radical environmentalist, but it might change your view of the world."
The exhibition is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until the end of September 2005. It is free to visit.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Rod Macrae at Macrae Media and Communication, Tel: 01491 613 715;
or visit the website: www.earthfromtheair.com
Kate Smith at Earth from the Air Press Office, Tel: 07900 212674
There are free-to-publish images from the exhibition available from the Media Office.
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The Exhibition is located at: More London Riverside, off Tooley Street, South Thames side between London Bridge and Tower Bridge adjacent to the City Hall on the south bank of the Thames. Nearest tube station is London Bridge.
Date: October 3rd 2005
PHOTOGRAPHY GENIUS HEADING TO LEEDS
The man behind the stunning Earth from the Air exhibition will be coming to Leeds this week to see his work on display in Millennium Square.
The presentation of over 120 breathtaking large-scale aerial photographs of landscapes from all over the world which has become a global phenomenon is the brainchild of legendary French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
Having already attracted huge crowds in over 40 countries world-wide, the exhibition has now grabbed the attention and imagination of visitors and passers-by of all ages from around the region since it opened in Millennium Square in the city centre last month.
Yann will arriving in Leeds on Thursday October 6 th as guest of honour at a special VIP reception of the Leeds exhibition and will address civic dignitaries and invited guests to explain how the idea for the display came about and the importance of the global conservation message which underpins it. Yann will be officially welcomed to Leeds with speeches and live world-music entertainment from the giant world map in Millennium Square with the general public also welcomed to attend. Invited guests and sponsors will be provided with refreshments within the exhibition information marquee courtesy of Boutique catering.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Photographer said
‘So far we’ve had 4 million people see Earth from the Air in Britain . We’re very proud of that. I’m very happy to have invented a new way to show photographs. You know at the beginning, a few years ago, when I was trying do my exhibition in Paris it was very difficult to find a museum or gallery to put on the show. So instead my team found somewhere to put it - outside, on the railings of the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. It was a success. It was incredible, because by putting photographs in the street I could reach people who would never go into a museum or a gallery. We had created a new way of presenting photography. I’ve been so surprised how it’s worked. Today it feels like the streets of a city are the natural place for me to show these pictures I am very pleased to bring my exhibition to Leeds as the first city to host the exhibition in the North of England ’
Chris Bridge of Wecommunic8, the Exhibition director said
“This exhibition has been a phenomenon wherever it has been seen and in Leeds, we can be sure it will have a major impact. I really want everyone to see these photos because they tell us so much about the world and demonstrate how, with just small changes in lifestyle, we are all able to make a difference. We have found a way of making them easy to enjoy by making it a free exhibition in public spaces, 24 hours a day,
Leeds City Council Executive Member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“Since the day it opened, Earth from the Air has attracted large numbers of people to Millennium Square. Every time I walk past there are people captivated by these stunning photos - all with the same look of awe on their faces.
“It is a simply brilliant exhibition, and we cannot wait to meet the genius behind it when he comes here on Thursday. If anyone hasn’t seen Earth from the Air yet, please take the time to come along and see for yourselves some of the most amazing photos you will ever see."
Taken from all over the planet, the photographs in the exhibition tell a story about our changing planet and how human activity, population growth and technological progress have left a dramatic imprint on the world’s landscapes.
The free, open-air, floodlit exhibition is open 24-hours a day and runs in Leeds until November 16. There is also an exhibition information centre and film viewing area which provides visitors with fascinating earth facts and useful ideas about how they can make a difference and help preserve the planet for future generations.
The exhibition offers excellent opportunities for educational visits or for environmental and related activities. For further information call 0113 395 0891 or visit www.earthfromtheair.com
NOTES TO EDITORS:
A selection of FREE images are available subject to terms and conditions in conjunction with coverage of the exhibition.
To arrange interviews and request further information or images please contact;
Kate Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 07900 212674
Dates: SEPTEMBER 16 TH - NOVEMBER 16 TH 2005
Venue: Millennium Square , Leeds
Opening times: 24 hours. Shop and Video Theatre open 10:00-18:00
Public enquiries: email@example.com