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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (Nov. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844510
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 2.9 x 35.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,579,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'As anxieties concerning the welfare of our fragile planet become ever more prevalent, the arrival of a remarkable collection of aerial photographs is a timely counterbalance...Earthsong...is a deeply gratifying antidote to the horrors of the kind of environmental malaise, such as pollution, deforestation and global warming, which currently confront us...an exhilarating journey.' (Royal Wings, Jordanian Airlines magazine) 'A spectacular production.' (Royal Academy magazine) 'This isn't so much a song, as a rhapsodic symphony to the untouched parts of our planet. Earthsong shows the world from [a] God's-eye view, and you can understand that he might of seen it and thought that it was good.' (Gay Times) 'Remarkable' (British Journal of Photography) 'Brilliant...Earthsong is more than just a 'coffee-table' book - it is a visual polemic. In Germany it is titled Das Lied von der Erde - Song of the Earth, after Gustav Mahler's composition of 1908. If we continue our policies of plunder and pillage, Edmaier is reminding us, there will be no Lied and no Erde, ever again. For now, though, the Earth is still singing.' (Mail on Sunday) 'Stunning' (Sunday Times) 'Can send you into a trance of eloquent natural geometry.'(Daily Telegraph) 'Coffee-table book of the year...a vivid demonstration of the fragility of our environment.' (The Oxford Times) 'Spectacular' (Daily Telegraph, Travel supplement) 'Reveals the geological forces that continue to shape our planet...the shapes and colours are startling.' (Daily Telegraph) 'Aerial photography at its sexiest...landscape photography at its most remarkable...a sound primer in geology and environmental ecology.' (Ag) 'Filled with spectacular photographs of the earth's patterned surface, Earthsong may be this year's best coffee table book. The major environments of the planet are seen from above in a gorgeous display of geological diversity; each photo is explained with brief but informative text.' (The Union Newspaper) 'Earthsong, by geologist-turned-aerial photographer Bernhard Edmaier, offers unique aesthetic images from 20,000 feet in the air of different, often remote, environments.' (The Sacramento Bee) 'Art meets earth science in Earthsong, a gallery of spectacular aerial photographs by Bernhard Edmaier. Reproduced in full color on oversized pages, the patterns of deserts, glaciers, volcanoes, and grassland often resemble abstract paintings. But the wisdom of this book lies in its pairing of beautiful images with brief explanations by geologist Angelika Jung-Huttl of the forces that produced these startling effects.' (Amazon.com) 'Earthsong is a book of jaw-dropping grandeur.' (Maclean's) 'Edmaier's collection of aerial photography includes shots that are simply stunning...' (Entertainment Weekly) 'How often can you claim to have given someone the world? Bernhard Edmaier's stunning aerial shots of the Earth's environments are...abstract, beautiful images.' (Harper's Bazaar) 'Bernhard Edmaier raises the art of aerial photography to new heights. His images are hauntingly impressionistic, even as they display a clarity of tone and texture that recalls the sharp-focus realism of Eliot Porter...More than 200 such images fill this sumptuous album: views of deserts, forests, oceans, and tundra that are both startling in impact and enlightening in detail.' (Natural History Magazine) 'What sends the book into literary orbit is geologist Angelika Jung-Huttl's fascinating text describing how air, fire, water, and rock became the subjects in Edmaier's lens.' (Outside Magazine)

About the Author

Bernhard Edmaier trained as a civil engineer and geologist and has photographed the earth's surface for over 15 years. His extraordinary photographs are the result of meticulously planned and researched expeditions that take him from the endless deserts of Africa to the ice plains of Iceland and the coral cliffs of the Great Barrier Reef. His abstractly beautiful compositions offer an awe-inspiring view of our planet. Angelika Jung-Huttl is a geologist and writer who contributes to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, the Berliner Zeitung and pm-history. A geologist by training, she has collaborated closely with Edmaier for 10 years and written several books on volcanoes, ice and glaciers.

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Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to receiving and reading this book - I had looked at it in the stores but it was plastic wrapped and, therefore, I could not see what was inside. However, once I had received it from Amazon and opened it, my eager anticipation gave way to annoyance and disappointment. The photographs of the earth from above are, indeed, spectacular and of the highest quality, BUT Edmaier has used (or appears to have used) the same (or variations of the same) photographs over and over again - even though the book is supposed to have four distinct themes, Aqua, Barren, Desert and Green. I own several books published by Phaidon and have been impressed beyond expectation with every one of them - not this time. I considered the book price to be reasonable until I opened it - now I feel as if I have been ripped off! With over 220 pages, I expected in the region of 150-200 different photographs. Yes, the photographs are different but most of them are just different views of the same subject - not what I expected at all. Overall, a nice coffee table book, but far too expensive for what you actually get. Very disappointing!
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
An Extraordinary Visual Feast Nov. 27 2004
By MLP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that one must see to truly appreciate. I came across it in a store and began to browse because it looked as though it was a collection of spectacular works of modern art. The realisation that it was an album of aerial photographs only made it more compelling. There are many images that are breathtaking in their own right but the effect of combining them into a planetary photo essay is nothing short of outstanding. It uniquely explores the great diversity of Mother Earth while highlighting the beauty that is always present in her many forms.

Everyone I have showed this book to has had a similar reaction. If you are looking for a gift for that person who is difficult to buy for because they seem to have everything, look no further. They are sure to be delighted.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely striking photographs Feb. 9 2005
By Jill Malter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Edmaier takes us to a variety of isolated and relatively unpopulated areas for some terrific aerial photos of our planet. We see water, ice, tundra, glaciers, sandy deserts, volcanoes, coasts, grassland, and forests. And Jung-Huettl's descriptions of what we are seeing are nicely done.

The overall effect is eerie, as if the Earth were uninhabited (by our species, at least) and we humans were looking the place over and trying to decide if we wanted to visit it, live there, or try someplace else.

In any case, the photographs are marvellous and show plenty of detail. If I were writing a book on planetary science, I'd want to use a couple of these photos for the section on our little world.
27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing - especially from Phaidon publishing Feb. 1 2005
By peakpilot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to receiving and reading this book - I had looked at it in the stores but it was plastic wrapped and, therefore, I could not see what was inside. However, once I had received it from Amazon and opened it, my eager anticipation gave way to annoyance and disappointment. The photographs of the earth from above are, indeed, spectacular and of the highest quality, BUT Edmaier has used (or appears to have used) the same (or variations of the same) photographs over and over again - even though the book is supposed to have four distinct themes, Aqua, Barren, Desert and Green. I own several books published by Phaidon and have been impressed beyond expectation with every one of them - not this time. I considered the book price to be reasonable until I opened it - now I feel as if I have been ripped off! With over 220 pages, I expected in the region of 150-200 different photographs. Yes, the photographs are different but most of them are just different views of the same subject - not what I expected at all. Overall, a nice coffee table book, but far too expensive for what you actually get. Very disappointing!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Postcards are not really postcards Nov. 10 2008
By Jordan Reiter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The photographs are stunning but it's not worth buying the postcard version of these if your intent is to USE them as postcards. This is because these (as well as many other postcards from this publisher) are the non-standard size of 6" x 6". They cannot be handled as normal postcards by the USPS and cost more than a first-class envelope to send and will have to be sorted and processed by hand rather than by machine. If you're only looking for small cardstock version of the images this is a fine choice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great pictures Sept. 4 2009
By Stephanie R. Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great coffee table book. I really enjoyed all the photos. Some space in the book could be better utilized. There are some pages almost completely blank except for a very small picture. Overall great book.


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