Artist Talk: FRANS LANTING

  • The Paramount Theater 215 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Quiver trees, South Africa / lanting.com

Quiver trees, South Africa / lanting.com

Artist Talk: FRANS LANTING

Book Signing with Frans Lanting at The Paramount Theater to follow.

TREES Exhibition: Encounters
In the Trees on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall
May 29 - July 10

Frans Lanting has a gift for connecting us with the lives of animals and showing us the world through their eyes. For three decades, he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet. Lanting’s mission is to use photography to help create leverage for conservation efforts ranging from local initiatives to global campaigns.

Lanting's work is commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he served as a Photographer-in-Residence. He did pioneering work in Madagascar and in Botswana's Okavango Delta, and his photo essays about Borneo's rainforest, emperor penguins in Antarctica, and the plight of puffins in the North Atlantic, have been featured in publications around the world. Lanting’s work for Geographic also includes profiles of ecological hot spots, a global survey of albatrosses, and a feature on groundbreaking research with chimpanzees in Senegal that is shedding new light on human evolution.

In 2006, Lanting and his wife and partner, author/editor/videographer Chris Eckstrom, launched The LIFE Project, a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth, as a book, an exhibition, a website (www.LifeThroughTime.com), and a multimedia orchestral performance with music by Philip Glass. LIFE was performed at the Lincoln Center in New York to launch the World Science Festival and to honor the distinguished biologist Dr. E. O. Wilson. ORIGINS, a multimedia production based on LIFE, was performed in Geneva, Switzerland, at the official ceremony to inaugurate CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the largest machine ever built to study the origins of the universe.  

Lanting has received many awards for his work, including top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. Lanting has also been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in London and is a recipient of Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award. Lanting is a native of Rotterdam, Netherlands and in 2001 was honored by his homeland by being inducted as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands’ highest conservation honor by the late H.R.H. Prince Bernard.  

His widely respected TED talks: The Story of Life in Photographs (2005) and Photos that Give Voice to the Animal Kingdom (2014) have received over 1.2 million views. In the past year two major exhibitions have celebrated Lanting’s work: LIFE: A Journey Through Time is on view through March 20 at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and Natural Geographic Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting, on view through Summer 2016 at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, DC.

 Lanting’s books have received awards and acclaim: "No one turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting," writes The New Yorker. His books include Life: A Journey Through Time (2006), Jungles (2000), Penguin (1999), Living Planet (1999), Eye to Eye (1997), Bonobo (1997), Okavango: Africa's Last Eden (1993), Forgotten Edens (1993), and Madagascar, A World Out of Time (1990). In 2000, his book Eye to Eye was named by National Public Radio-KQED as one of the 50 most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century; this title, along with LIFE have been produced as Collector’s Editions.