We need to start with ourselves to produce the strength needed to reverse this forecast collapse.Francesca Lavazza
We need to start with ourselves to produce the strength needed to reverse this forecast collapse. To draw energy from our deepest relationship with nature: its landscapes, its colours, its elements. To follow the example of those who, with extraordinary talent, can enable us to see again with open, uncontaminated eyes capable of freeing us of all constraint. We need to kindle that special light inside us before spreading it throughout the world.
We can change.
We can change the world.
Each image contains a personal secret, an evocation.
Our world is fragile, beautiful. Sometimes we forget. This edition highlights six artists and activists who are committed to change. My process begins in dialogue. How do you want to be photographed and where? My job is to translate their vision into images. Each image contains a personal secret, an evocation.
Our locations across the globe were impacted by climate change. The shoots exposed us to alarming realities: glacial lakes that disappeared overnight, roads hot enough to melt tires. It made me terribly aware of how desperately we need the voices of these activists.
Their work challenges us, creates community, makes us readier for the world’s beauty, stronger against its dangers. Ice is nearly gone, kelp has taken over the oceans. It is our duty as artists, as creators, as businesses, to bring these truths to the forefront and address them. And to celebrate those working for change, and to join them, as Ben Harper sings – with our own two hands.
Thank you, Lavazza, for inviting me on this journey.
It is our duty as artists, as creators, as businesses, to bring these truths to the forefront and address them.
Born in Mexico, Emmanuel Lubezki is one of the most innovative and influential cinematographers in contemporary film. Widely known for his use of natural lighting and continuous uninterrupted shots, Lubezki won three consecutive Academy Awards for his work on Gravity, (2014) Birdman, (2015) and The Revenant (2016). He brings this same mastery of natural light and composition to his work as a still photographer. In 2019, he shot the cover for Vanity Fair magazine’s Hollywood issue — a first for a cinematographer. An inveterate traveler, making portraits has always been a passion for Lubezki, more deeply connecting him to the world and its mysteries. Like his celebrated moving images, his stills are immersive and poetic. While galleries clamor for his photographic work, he often posts quietly on Instagram, where he’s won a large following.
Photography means writing with light.Michele Mariani