Yann Arthus-Bertrand isn’t just an aerial photographer: he’s on a mission to save mankind by teaching us to love our beautiful planet. To many, he is France’s answer to Al Gore, but why do some think he’s an “enormous idiot”?
In 2005, while filming the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Yann Arthus-Bertrand fell to earth in a helicopter accident. On the way down, he says, he had no fear of dying, but he was filled with thoughts of “home”. When he discovered he’d survived, this feeling crystallised into two separate imperatives. He had an urgent need to phone his wife: “I’m alive!” he announced breathlessly. “Why are you phoning me at three in the morning to tell me that?” she wondered, unamused.a