George Steinmetz

George Steinmetz is a photographer with more than 30 years of fieldwork for The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in geophysics, Steinmetz is a self-taught photographer who he began his career while hitchhiking through Africa for 28 months with a French dictionary. Steinmetz has a restless curiosity for the unknown and has explored subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Arabia’s Empty Quarter to the unknown tree people of Irian Jaya. He is best known for his aerial photography, and much of his early work was done with a foot- launched motorized paraglider, which he pilots while taking pictures. He has worked with all kinds of aircraft, and currently uses drones that document climate change and the global food supply.