Empty Quarter

A Photographic Journey to the Heart of the Arabian Desert


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George Steinmetz


Aerial photographer George Steinmetz, shooting from a motorized paraglider, has created an unparalleled portrait of Rub’ al-Khali, or “the Empty Quarter,” the largest and most likely the hottest sand desert in the world. Although only a fraction of the size of its giant neighbor, the Sahara, the Empty Quarter’s punishing terrain has rarely been captured on film, and never from such a striking perspective.
Old maps, satellite images, and a dose of Arabian hospitality enabled Steinmetz to travel where few have ventured. He reveals in his photographs a true wilderness, without a single permanent human habitation or known point of water, preserved by its harsh climate and extreme remoteness, as well as a fascinating tradition of a hardy people living at its edges. For experienced travelers or explorers and for those who have never heard of the Empty Quarter, entering the heart of the Arabian Desert is truly the ultimate experience.

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Weight 1677 g
Dimensions 32.9 x 24.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 September 2009
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Dimensions 32.9 x 24.1 cm
Weight 1677 g
George Steinmetz has been a regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO magazines for more than 20 years. He has won numerous awards for photography including two first prizes from World Press Photo, as well as awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Eisenstadt Awards. He is the author of Abrams' African Air and lives in New Jersey.