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Bernhard Edmaier: EarthArt

Colours of the Earth

A spectacular collection of breath-taking aerial photographs of the Earth’s surface – from the Bahamas to Iceland, New Zealand to North America and Europe to Alaska – ordered by colour to display the stunning variety of the colours of the Earth

Bernhard Edmaier


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  • A spectacular collection of breath-taking aerial photographs of the Earth’s surface – from the Bahamas to Iceland, New Zealand to North America and Europe to Alaska – ordered by colour to display the stunning variety of the colours of the Earth
  • Includes a wide variety of subjects, from bubbling mud pools, volcanic eruptions, coral reefs and deserts to eroded canyons and arctic glaciers, accompanied by short captions explaining how, where and why the formations naturally occur

EarthART: Colours of the Earth is a spectacular collection of breathtaking images by world-renowned aerial photographer Bernhard Edmaier, author of Earthsong (2004), Patterns of the Earth (2007) and Earth on Fire (2009).

Divided into colour-coded chapters, EarthART offers an astounding and little-seen view of the world’s surface. The images are presented on a black background for maximum effect: in the jewel-bright pages of this book, the colour wheel comes to life.

The selection includes some of Edmaier’s most celebrated aerial photographs as well as brand new, never-before-published images from the photographer’s most recent photographic flights, undertaken in Chile and Bolivia in November 2012 to complete his image selection for this new book. The book also includes some close-up shots of particularly striking natural phenomena.

The images cover the entire colour spectrum as found in nature, and each photograph is accompanied by a short caption explaining how, where and why these spectacular colours occur: from tropical turquoise seas to icy blue glaciers; from lush green forests to rivers turned green by microscopically small algae. Yellow is the colour of desert sands as well as of sulphur crystals found near active volcanoes, while orange is the colour both of autumn leaves and of weathered rock: iron elements in the earth’s crust react with the oxygen and humidity in the air, producing shades from gold and rust right through to blood red. Red can also be a sign of intense heat, in the form of magma emerging from the earth’s core. Violet-coloured rock is very rare, requiring the presence of sunlight as well as several different minerals.

While the earth can produce every colour imaginable, parts of our planet are characterized by the absence of colour, from the layers of grey ash and blackened, cooled streams of lava left behind by volcanic eruptions to the dazzling white of freshly fallen snow or the vast salt flats found in desert regions. Black and white – and the countless shades of grey in between – are the key anchoring elements of the colour spectrum; without them, the other colours wouldn’t shine as brightly. And on closer inspection, many of these supposedly neutral tones turn out to be enriched by flashes of colour, too.

Theories of colour – how colours arise, what they mean, and how they relate to each other – have occupied some of the world’s greatest minds, from Aristotle to Newton, and inspired countless artists and designers. Yet recognizing and naming colours is also one of the first things we teach small children: colour is something fundamental, which shapes the way we experience the world. There is no better to explore this subject than through the countless colours that occur naturally on the planet we inhabit, captured in the photographs collected in this book.


Format: Hardback
Size: 350 x 297 mm (13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in)
Pages: 224 pp
Illustrations: 160 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714865768

  Sumptuous... if you're looking for a gift to wow a budding scientist, this may be the book... Earth Artconsistently reveals our planet to be both big-picture beautiful and mind-boggling in its atomic detail.
- National Geographic Traveller

Awe inspiring… abstractly beautiful.
- Royal Photographic Society

[Bernhard Edmaier] showcases his aerial imagery, which you could easily spend hours poring over…
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Bernhard Edmaier (b.1957) trained as a civil engineer and geologist and has photographed the earth’s surface for over 15 years. The result of meticulous planning and research, his extraordinary travels take him from the endless deserts of Africa to the ice plains of Iceland and the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. His abstractly beautiful compositions offer an awe-inspiring view of our planet.

Angelika Jung-Hüttl (b.1957) is a geologist and writer who contributes to a number of different newspapers and popular scientific magazines. She has worked and travelled with Edmaier for 10 years and has written several books on volcanoes, ice and glaciers.


Contents and Sections:

Colour Theory



A Way into India
Steve McCurry: Looking East
Magnum Landscape
Stephen Shore: The Nature of Photographs
Paradise Lost

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