AIR – A stunning photo series | Vincent Laforet | TEDxSanFrancisco

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Published on Dec 23, 2015

Leaning out the side of a helicopter, held only by a harness and his sense of connectedness with the earth’s endless sea of light, Vincent Laforet captures cities from above, in a way that resembles pathways on a circuit board, or a network of neuronal synapses. The AIR series began as a creative idea for an image to accompany a psychology article, and turned into groundbreaking aerial photography techniques that have helped define Vincent’s own style.

Vincent Laforet is a French American director and photographer. In 2002 he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography with four other photographers as a member of The New York Times staff’s coverage of the post 9/11 events overseas that captured “the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

He has been sent on assignment by Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, and Life. 

In 2002, PDN named Vincent Laforêt as one of the “30 photographers under 30 to watch″. In 2005, American Photo Magazine recognized Laforêt as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Photography.” He is a DGA Director (Directors Guild of America) and of the ICG (International Cinematographers’ Guild – Local 600.) 

Laforet has been awarded 3 of the prestigious Cannes Lions (Platinum, Gold, Silver) for his commercial directing work.

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