OLIVIER GRUNEWALD

For Olivier Grunewald, photography is as much a goal as a pretext for immersing himself in the world as it was in the early days of its creation, and his patient quest for the magical, ephemeral light that best underscores the wild primitive side of nature pays off. A four time World Press Photo winner, his work has been featured in major publications worldwide. Though he originally studied commercial photography in Paris, he soon renewed with his earlier sources of inspiration when, in 1986, he hung his studio from the cliffs and followed, at the end of a rope, high-level rock climbers to the top. He then tackled the landscapes of the American West using a large format camera. Since then, he and his partner Bernadette Gilbertas have travelled the world covering stories on nature, wildlife and natural phenomena from volcanoes to aurorae borealis.


BERNADETTE GILBERTAS

Bernadette Gilbertas is the author of countless books and articles on nature and the environment. She is also a conservation activist, working to bolster the efforts of the men and women who devote their lives to protecting our natural environment. For instance, in Senegal for the association Oceanium and its president Haidar el Ali, an ecologist turned Environmental Minister. Following her degree in geography and geomorphology and a university teaching position, Bernadette Gilbertas spent ten years at the helm of the influential Fédération Rhône-Alpes de protection de la nature in Lyon. “Describe and explain” the geographer’s motto, would serve her well when she turned to independent journalism and began to cover stories with Olivier Grunewald. She is a board member of the French professional association Journalistes Ecrivains pour la Nature et l’écologie.


BOOKS
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Islande, l'île inachevée
(Iceland in motion)
Editons de la Martinière, France October 2011
Monochrome beneath a dramatic sky and the blue cold of winter, shimmering in the vicinity of hot springs, gleaming at the prospect of spring or in its autumn cloak, Iceland is never static but ever-changing, as its recent volcanic eruptions will testify. Along with the photographs, Icelanders bear witness to the land they love and their efforts to tighten the bond with their island wilderness.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Islanda, l’isola incompiuta
(Iceland in motion)
Editions L’ippocampo, Italy, October 2011
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Iceland in motion
Editions Forlagid, Iceland, 2011
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Island, die unvollendete insel
(Iceland in motion)
Editions National Geographic, Germany, 2011
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Plante ton arbre !
(Plant that tree!)
Editions Oceanium, Senegal 2010
The adventure began when Oceanium, a nature conservation association in Senegal, asked local Senegalese to lend a hand—literally--to replant vanishing mangroves. Four years later, over 100 million mangrove trees have taken root in the deltas of Casamance and Sine Saloum thanks to the dedication of these populations, and the programme is still going strong!
Text Bernadette Gilbertas | Photography Jean-François Hellio and Nicolas Van Ingen
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Haidar el Ali, itinéraire d’un écologiste au Sénégal
(Haidar el Ali, itinerary of an ecologist in Senegal)
Editions Terre Vivante, France October 2010
Haidar el Ali is a major name in West African ecology. Driven by unswerving good faith, he has fought tirelessly to protect his country’s environment, which in turn conditions the survival of his compatriots. To preserve natural resources, he is constantly on the go, working his way through Senegal to help village plant trees, make fishing sustainable and put out forest fires… This is a biographical sketch of a man who gives his all to raise awareness.
Text Bernadette Gilbertas | Photography Jean-François Hellio and Nicolas Van Ingen
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Volcans
(Volcanoes)
Editions du Chêne – Hachette livre, France 2007
Of the 1500 active volcanoes worldwide, about ten belch matter from the entrails of the Earth daily, in a display that never ceases to amaze. This books evokes our planet’s beginnings with all the fury of its subterranean forces and provides a firsthand look at the diversity of volcanic activity, from Strombolian fireworks to the boiling, sulphurous geysers.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas and Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff
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Vulkane
(Volcanoes)
Editions Delius, Germany, 2007
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas and Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff
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Tsingy, forêt de pierre, Madagascar
(Tsingy, limestone forest, Madagascar)
Editions Altus, May 2006
The Malagasy word tsingy refers to a peculiar eroded landscape caused by water circulating through a dense limestone massif. Behind the austere appearance of this spiny rock forest in northern Madagascar lays an extraordinary world of forested canyons, wet caves and burning limestone pavement inhabited by plants and animals capable of adapting to the complexity of this environment.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | In collaboration with David Wolozan
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Canyons, au pays des roches rouges
(Canyons, in the land of red rock)
Editions Nathan, septembre 2005 – out of print
A mineral paradise chiselled by time, the canyonlands are a petrified ocean where erosion has left a mark of infinite creativity. Red mesas, buttes, arches, pinnacles and vertiginous canyons forge the mythic landscapes of the American West. This book reveal the beauty of the great national parks as well lesser known spots. It tells the history of a land overturned, dug out, and ever changing in the magical light of the West.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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L’ouest américain, Territoires sauvages
(The American West, Wild Lands)
Editions du Chêne, 2005, out of print
A reprint of the 1999 edition that was part of the collection Vue sur.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Michel Lebris
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Lumières de la Création
(Light of Creation)
Editions du Chêne, mars 2004 - out of print
A reprint of the 1999 edition that was part of the collection Vue sur.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Nature
Editions du Chêne – Hachette livre, 2004 - out of print
Nature unveils her beauty in stone, water, fire, moss, ice, and the magical dance of light that reveals the true spirit of landscapes. This book takes us through the snow-covered volcanoes of Kamtchatka, the icebergs of Greenland, the Arctic night, the flame-red deserts of Australia, luxuriant tropical vegetation and fierce rocky deserts. Quotes from poets, philosophers, naturalists and travel writers retell the history of Man’s tumultuous relationship with nature.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Nature
Editions Hachette illustrated, United Kingdom, 2004 - out of print
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Natura
Editions De Agostini
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Natur
Editions Delius Klasing Verlag, 2004 - out of print
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Namibie, le désert de la vie
(Namibia, the desert of life)
Editions Nathan, October 2003 – out of print
Morning fog veils the red dunes that hem a wild coastline, while granite inselbergs in shapes sculpted by the wind emerge from the seemingly infinite deserts of Namibia. The mineral poetry of Namibia is inscribed in the scrolls and pages of its multicoloured rock. Over the long course of evolution, Namibia’s plant and animal life have developed remarkable ways to cheat the arid, scorching sands of the Namib, the desert of life.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Namibia, die wüst des lebens
(Namibia, the desert of life)
Editions Delius Klasing Verlag, 2003 - out of print
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Islande, l’île rebelle
(Iceland, an island rebel)
Editions Nathan, septembre 2001 - out of print
Earth forces have shaped the landscape, be it lunar, mineral or desert. The destructive power of glaciers has carved out deep fjords, innumerable rivers and lakes where icebergs float adrift. Today’s Icelanders are especially keen to preserve this untameable land, which the Vikings called “the rebellious end of the earth.” To travel through Iceland is to go back in geological time to the planet’s creation.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Island, insel aus feuer und eis
(Iceland, an island rebel)
Editions Delius, Germany 2002 - out of print
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Amérique sauvage, voyage à travers les parcs nationaux
(American wilderness, a journey through the national parks)
Editions Vilo, mars 2000 - out of print
As soon as they arrived in North America, the early colonials were awed by the wild beauty of their new homeland. This fascination, which remained intact throughout the conquest of the West, is behind the emergence of a courant of thought, a philosophy of nature, which would lead to the concept of the national park. Bernadette Gilbertas writes here of geological upheavals and the history of nature conservation.
Text Bernadette Gilbertas | Photography David Muench
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Australie, Terre du Rêve
(Australia, Dreamland)
Editions Nathan, mars 2000 - out of print
From luxuriant tropical forest in the east to the vast stretches of red desert in the center, the abrupt coastline of the south and the choppy Tasmanian mountains, the variety of landscapes begets extraordinary plant and animal diversity. The beauty and the magic of Australia, walked by Aboriginals for more than 40,000 years, have inspired countless legends and mythologies…
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Images de la Création
(Images of Creation)
Editions du Chêne – Hachette, 1999 - out of print
The volcanic chaos of the beginning, landscapes sculpted by Earth forces and erosion, opulent flowering deserts, exuberant tropical environments and animal life in all of its diversity evoked the genesis of our planet and the appearance of life. Alongside photography by Olivier Grunewald, Bernadette Gilbertas has selected quotes from the religious and mythological literature that testify to the primordial importance that Man gives Nature.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Lebendige Erde
(Images of Creation)
Editions Weingarten, 1999 – out of print
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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L’Ouest américain, territoires sauvages
(The American West, wild frontiers)
Editions du Chêne- Hachette, 1999 - out of print
“These crazy landscapes, these poems of stone, cathedrals of the New World, sumptuously portrayed, are also inner landscapes and those trails and paths where we find fragments of ourselves,” author Michel Lebris extols O. Grunewald’s photography. Grunewald panoramic 6 x 17.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Michel Lebris
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L’Ouest sauvage
(The Wild West)
Editions Denoel, 1991 - out of print
Olivier Grunewald and Bernadette Gilbertas take to the road with a 4 x 5 view camera and a 6 x 17 panoramic camera to follow in the footsteps of the great American landscape photographers. This book is a hymn to the beauty of the American West, from the coast of California through the Rockies to the glaciers of Alaska, through the great national parks.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Bernadette Gilbertas
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Escalade passion
(A Passion for climbing)
Editions Richer, Editions Atlas, juin 1991 - out of print
Climb! Once reserved for a privileged few, rock climbing boomed in the 1990s. With the development of new equipment, tens of thousands of enthusiasts took to the rocks, where the sportif’s love of precision movement can be expressed in the great outdoors. At the time, French rock-climbers were winning all the contests and Olivier Grunewald was their photographic chronicler, taking to the rocks himself with his Mamiya 6 x 7.
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Jean Kouchner
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Passion Klettern
(A Passion for climbing)
Editions Pietsch, Germany, 1992 - out of print
Photography Olivier Grunewald | Text Jean Kouchner
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Islande, de glace et de feu
(Iceland, of ice and fire)
Editons Denoel, septembre 1990 - out of print
Located 300 kilometres from Greenland, on the edge of the polar circle, the island of Iceland is the youngest land in Europe. It is the seat of volcanic activity linked to phenomena of expanding ocean floors, also evident beneath a world of ice. This first of the authors’ books on Iceland includes a section that provides a clear understanding of how volcanoes work and how our Earth was formed.
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