The North Pole, the magical kingdom of silence, has always given the impression that it would remain unchanged forever amidst its boundless tracts of ice. But the ice is beginning to melt, the icebergs of Greenland are breaking up and this legendary landscape, threatened by global warming, is gradually being destroyed. As early as the spring of 1987, Francis Latreille began to take photographs of the frozen waste of the Arctic, providing moving testimony to this alien, yet at the same time enchanting, world, and also to his admiration for those who dwell in these inhospitable regions, and their demanding way of life. Through this album, on the eve of the fourth International Polar Year, he pays tribute to the white paradise and its magical light, and to all those who live in or study the Arctic.
- The Conquerors of the North Pole
- Listening to Ice: Research in High Latitudes
- Peoples of the far North
- Heat Wave in the Artic
Francis Latreille is a French American artist and photographer whose works are published worldwide, including Newsweek, Life, Time, Geo and Paris Match among many others. He is passionate about those areas threatened by global warming, and this is reflected in his work. He was awarded a World Press Photo Award for Science & Technology in Amsterdam in 1998, and has held two exhibitions in Washington D.C.. Born in 1948 in Loiret, France he made a decision in 1967 that would change his life and travelled to Israel to 'cover' the Six-Day war. Three months later, on his return to France, a reporter and photographer was born. In 1973 he moved to France-Soir, for which he travelled the most sensitive places in the world. In 1995, he accompanied explorer Jean-Louis Etienne on North Pole expeditions in Antarctica, Patagonia, Spitsbergen, Greenland, Siberia. From 1998, he participated in the "Mammuthus" expeditions in Siberia and in 2000, he won the first prize at the International Scoop Festival of Angers.
Preface by Claude Lorius, eminent French glaciologist. He is director emeritus of research at CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research). He was the director of the Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l'Environnement in Grenoble from 1983 to 1988.