State of the Arts Blog

Beautiful photography aimed at changing the world

Photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand is both a talented aerial photographer and a devoted environmentalist. At a recent TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference, he joked he'd have to kill a Frenchman once he got home in order to offset the carbon he produced taking the plane. But in truth, Arthus-Bertrand is using his artistic talent to make the greatest impact, by showing what humanity has done to the planet.

His work is an example of how artists use their skills to help people make connections with emotions and ideas. National Geographic's David Griffin talks about the particular power of photography to connect people here.