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Best known f­or his exploration photography, George Steinmetz has a restless curiosity for the unknown: remote deserts, obscure cultures, the ­mysteries of science and technology. A regular contributor to National Geographic and GE­O Magazines, he has explored subjects ranging from the remotest str­etches of Arabia’s Empty Quarter to the­ unknown tree people of Irian Jaya.

He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geophysics in 1979. George Steinmetz began his career in photography after hitchhiking through Africa for 28 months in his twenties. His current work focuses on photographing the world’s deserts while piloting a motorized paraglider. This experimental aircraft enables him to capture images of the world inaccessible by traditional aircraft and most other modes of transportation. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and he is a regular contributor toNational Geographic magazine. He is the author of three books, African Air, Empty Quarter, and Desert Air, which feature portfolios of his work in many regions of the world. African Air is a compilation of pictures from ten years of flying over Africa, mostly with a motorized paraglider.