Earth is My Witness is the most extensive collection of Art Wolfe photography ever compiled. This lavishly produced work spans the globe, bringing the beauty of the planet's fast-disappearing landscapes, wildlife, and cultures into stunning focus. Containing unpublished work from throughout Wolfe's well-documented and widely celebrated career, Earth is My Witness offers a riveting and comprehensive look at the world's ecosystems and geographical regions.
Here Wolfe presents an encyclopedic selection of his photography along with intimate stories that exemplify his boundless curiosity. From rich sights and smells of the Pushkar Camel Fair to the exact moment when a polar bear and her cubs leave their Arctic den, these images represents what Wolfe has lived for: moments when circumstance, light, and subject miraculously collide to form an iconic image. Together, these photographs and the stories behind them explore the delicate interconnectivity of life across our planet.
Setting the stage for this fascinating journey is award-winning author Wade Davis. Together, they present a world that borders on the fantastic but is all the more precious for its fragility. At the heart of Wolfe's work is the appeal for environmental, cultural, and wildlife preservation.
Over the course of his 40-year career, award-winning photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world's fast-disappearing natural treasures and are a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve them all. Wolfe's photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition, and perspective, and his photographic mission is multifaceted – art, wildlife advocacy, and journalism all inform his work. He lives in Seattle.
Wade Davis is a critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling author and anthropologist, whose many books include The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic and is currently Professor of Anthropology and the LEEF Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia.
"This massive coffee table of images from photographer Art Wolfe's 50-year career both stuns and informs while documenting the wonders of our world, many of them fast disappearing."
"Gorgeous book of photographs that celebrate our planet at its best. This is the definitive work of Art Wolfe's career [...] And if you're wondering how to fit 40 years of photographs in a single book, the answer is by making a very thick book. The work is 400 pages packed with 500 photographs. If you were to purchase just one of Wolfe's many books, this would be the one to buy."
– Mother Nature Network
"This is a fabulous book of photography by Art Wolfe of Seattle, one of the world's great nature photographers of the past half-century [...] brings together an amazing body of work in three areas: landscapes, wildlife and human cultures on the edge."
– The Oregonian
"Stunning images delight the eyes, and Wolfe's descriptions of the people, places and wildlife he photographs offer a window into the passion that fuels his art."
– Alaska Airlines
"Wolfe's body of work, presented here in large format and spanning more than 50 years, truly celebrates photojournalism as an art form."
"The natural treasures of our planet are illuminated in this sumptuous oversize book from a virtuoso photographer and conservationist."
– O, The Oprah Magazine
"In Earth Is My Witness: The Photography of Art Wolfe, [Art Wolfe's] life's work is laid out across more than 400 glossy pages, offering readers a chance to immerse themselves in the threatened places, animals and cultures that he has dedicated his career to capturing. The book is both a testament to a prodigious career and a celebration of a man who has devoted his life to conservation photography."
"I've done 80 books and if anyone has entertained the idea of owning one of my books, I think this is the book that covers all the bases. I'm very proud of it."
– Art Wolfe in Smithsonian.com article
"Wolfe's opus is a conservationist manifesto, reflecting the vast diversity of nature and humankind throughout the world – with few signs of modern society – in a glorious wash of colorful imagery."
– American Photo, named Earth Is My Witness as a "Best Photo Book of the Year" in 2014
"[...] this is what Wolfe aptly calls 'my magnum opus.' It's also a conservationist statement of purpose, reflecting the diversity of nature and humankind throughout the world – with few signs of modern society. Having studied art and anthropology, Wolfe taps both in his work, creating stunning landscapes and animal studies as well as intimate portraits of indigenous peoples."
– American Photo
"[...] one colourful masterpiece after another [...] his images ignite the imagination while also impacting the viewer on an emotional level [...] [and] represent what photographers live for: the moments when the elements come together to offer the chance for an incredible image to be taken."
– Outdoor Photography
"'The earth is my witness, ' he said, and with that, he became the Buddha. His awakening was directly linked to nature, so it's fitting that one of the most prolific and enlightened photographers of our world, Art Wolfe, would choose Buddha's words to caption his life's work. With his new book Earth Is My Witness, Wolfe has created a magnum opus cataloging his life in photography."
– Outdoor Photographer