Press Release | George Steinmetz: Desert Air – Los Angeles

December 19, 2013 Los Angeles Download


Specially commissioned by Arts Brookfield, exhibition to feature 42 large-scale images of world’s most remote deserts captured from motorized paraglider 

Los Angeles, CA (December 19, 2013) – Stunning aerial photographs by George Steinmetz of the world’s most remote deserts will be showcased in a free exhibition at Brookfield’s Bank of America Plaza from January 21 through March 7, 2014, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The exhibit was originally on display at Brookfield Place in New York City in 2013.

George Steinmetz: Desert Air was commissioned by Arts Brookfield and features 42 large-scale photographs from the recently published book by the same name. Steinmetz, an award-winning National Geographic photographer, spent the past 15 years traveling to 27 different countries and Antarctica to document some of the world’s most extreme deserts from the air. Using the lightest and slowest motorized paraglider that exists, Steinmetz compiled a breathtaking array of surreal landscapes that have been shaped by natural forces into unique patterns and designs.

“George Steinmetz’s images offer a unique perspective on parts of the world most of us will never see, while underscoring the need to protect these areas from increasing environmental threats,” said Debra Simon, vice president and artistic director of Arts Brookfield. “Steinmetz is one of the leading nature photographers working today, and we are excited to present this exhibition once again at a Brookfield property.”

Best known for his exploration photography, George Steinmetz has completed 31 major photo essays for National Geographic and 25 stories for Germany’s GEO magazine since 1986, exploring subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Arabia’s Empty Quarter to the unknown tree people of Irian Jaya. His expeditions to the Sahara and Gobi deserts have been featured in separate National Geographic Explorer programs, and in 2006, he was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to document the work of scientists in the Dry Valleys and volcanoes of Antarctica. Steinmetz has won numerous awards for photography during his 25-year career, including two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo. He has also won awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and Life Magazine‘s Alfred Eisenstadt Awards.

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George Steinmetz: Desert Air continues to expand Arts Brookfield’s growing presence in downtown Los Angeles as a leading presenter of free visual arts.

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About Arts Brookfield 

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield Office Properties’ premier buildings in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.

Now through December 2014, Arts Brookfield celebrates its 25th Anniversary through an interactive initiative, Art Set Free. The public is invited to submit original artworks of all kinds for digital display at Brookfield’s premier properties around the globe and on

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