Take a high-flying adventure over the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth with George Steinmetz, one of National Geographic's top expedition photographers.
Best known for his exploration and science photography, George
Steinmetz sets out to reveal the few remaining secrets in our world
today: remote deserts, obscure cultures, and new developments in science
A regular contributor to National Geographic
magazine, Steinmetz has examined subjects ranging from global oil
exploration and the latest advances in robotics to the innermost
stretches of the Sahara and the little-known tree house people of Irian
Jaya, Indonesia. For the German and French editions of GEO
magazine, he has documented the Salt Desert of Iran and crossed the
Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. He also received a grant from the
National Science Foundation to photograph the polar desert of
Since his first assignment for National Geographic in 1987, Steinmetz has completed more than 20 major essays for the magazine, including three covers.
Steinmetz's expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi deserts were featured on National Geographic Explorer
TV in 1998 and 2002. In addition to editorial work, Steinmetz also does
corporate and advertising photography. His commercial clients include
Toshiba, Union Bank of Switzerland, General Motors, and Sigma Camera,
Steinmetz has won numerous awards for photography
during his career, including two first prizes in science and technology
in 1995 and 1998 from World Press Photo. He has also won awards and
citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Alfred
His first book, African Air, is a
compilation of ten years of flying in Africa, much of it done with a
motorized paraglider. This experimental aircraft is the lightest and
slowest motorized flying machine in the world and offers a unique
perspective over remote landscapes. His second book, The Empty Quarter, documents three expeditions into the heart of Arabia, where he traversed the world's largest sand sea.
in Beverly Hills, California, in 1957, Steinmetz graduated from
Stanford University with a degree in geophysics. He began his career in
photography by hitchhiking through Africa for 18 months. Today he lives
in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and their three children.