Friday, August 29, 2008

Mattias Klum

Mattias at Chautauqua Institution

Mattias took the stage on August 22, 2008, at the venerable Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, where legends such as Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, and E.O. Wilson have also lectured.

More than 4,500 people were in attendance for the final lecture of the 2008 season, as Klum echoed the theme of the week, "Darwin & Linnaeus: Their impact on our view of the natural world" with his signature presentation "In the Footsteps of Darwin and Linnaeus," chronicling his recent work producing a documentary film celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swedish Botanist, Linnaeus, and tracing the expedition route Darwin took in the Beagle, as he explored the world and formulated his Theory of Evolution.

With thoughtful words, powerful images and a strong call to action Klum compelled the crowd to honor our natural history legacy and to step forward and participate in the stewardship of our planet for generations to come.
- National Geographic Society

It was such a privilege to be able to see and hear this most entertaining young man. After his most engaging talk, he was dubbed by one audience member as the Meryl Streep of Photography (He does great accents on top of his own melodic Swedish lilt). His latest book Being Therewas quickly sold out at the bookstore, but you can see a quick clip by selecting either Media Player or Quick Time at the top of the page on this link.

Later in the afternoon we were able to see his latest film (choose the english option to view)
Expedition Linné
Keep an eye out for showings of these documentaries, you'll be so inspired.

From the trailer:
The main characters are the expedition’s three young would-be researchers, all in their twenties but with widely different backgrounds. They not only observe and investigate but also question what they discover with a critical mind. During the course of their journey they transform. Deeply influenced by their impressions and experiences, they are not the same people at the end of the expedition as they were at the beginning.
Klum Photography
[Mattias Photo Credit: Sweden is Great]

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