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Frans Lanting – Photographer

Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom_Zambia_Courtesy of Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he earned a master’s degree in Economics then moved to the US to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world—and never looked back. Lanting’s work has been commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he served as a contributing photographer-in-residence with assignments ranging from documenting the fabled bonobos of the Congo to a circumnavigation by sailboat of South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, near Antarctica. Science writer, editor, and videographer Christine Eckstrom has worked for 25 years alongside her husband and business partner Frans Lanting on field assignments from the Amazon to Mongolia. Her stories have appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, International Wildlife, and other international publications. Together they have produced some of the most important Natural History documentary projects of our time. In 2001 H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted Frans as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands’ highest conservation honor.

Featured Presentation

Humpback whales_Monterey Bay_Photo by Frans Lanting

Bay of Life: From Wind to Whales

California’s Monterey Bay is America’s top biodiversity hotspot—and Frans and Christine’s backyard. 100 years ago, it was on the verge of ecological collapse with clear-cutting of Redwood forests and the fallout that created for terrestrial wildlife.  Offshore, marine life was also taking a beating from whalers, seal hunters, commercial fishing, and unrestricted shipping lanes. Showing how Monterey Bay is a microcosm for ecosystems worldwide, Frans and Christine share its story on stage, demonstrating how damaged ecosystems can be restored when people care—and act—together.