Montier Photo Festival





  For Olivier Grunewald, photography is as much a pretext for plunging into the heart of earthly forces as it is an objective in itself. His quest? To capture the world as it was in the earliest days of its creation. For over thirty years he has explored the wildest reaches of the planet in search of erupting volcanos, shifting light, and fleeting scenes of animal life. His work has won multiple World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Olivier is also a film-maker and his last documentary is “Dallol, at the frontiers of life” (2016). From geography, which she studied and taught, to ecology which she practiced for ten years at the helm of the Rhône-Alpes Federation for the Protection of Nature, Bernadette Gilbertas passion for nature has led her to travel the world at Olivier’s side. An inveterate conservationist, the independent journalist-cum-writer is committed to the protection of ecosystems and to sharing the stories of the men and women, scientists and activists, who devote their life to it.



The ORIGINS exhibition is a 4.5 billion-year journey that spans the birth of Earth and its formation to the emergence and explosion of life in all its forms. Erupting volcanoes spill torrents of lava, auroras dance in the polar night, icebergs melt on black strands, while erosion whittles away at mountains and rock. Vegetation conquers the mineral world, while ever more evolved insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals spread to all our planet’s natural environments. At times unbridled, at others tranquil, always stirring and eloquent, Nature is a boundless source of inspiration. ORIGINS celebrates biodiversity, its fragility, and consequently, that of humankind. This journey through time, space and diversity is meant to strengthen our bond with Nature and inspire respect for Earth, the home of all our origins.




  Author : Olivier Grunewald et Bernadette Gilbertas
  Publisher : Editions Paulsen
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