Camels at sunrise
Halfway through college, George Steinmetz bought a camera and took off on a “big wander.” Hitchhiking from London to Zaire, he was captivated by the remote regions he passed through. He vowed to go back, to capture these strange, barren landscapes in a way that had never been done before. “It became my long-term dream—to find a way to photograph deserted places from above.”
Years later, the motorized paraglider became Steinmetz’s solution. The Sahara, Antarctica, and South America’s Altiplano are among the places he has since documented. “You see unique things from the air,” he says. “Paintings, camel trails, ceremonial locations, little patterns in the early-morning shadows…
Incredible. A classic.