KEEN ON BOOKS
He may have made his name as one of National
Geographic’s most published photographers, but Frans Lanting has also produced a huge coll ection of successful books…
How many assignments have you done for National-Geographic?
I think I’ve published between 30 and 35 stories in the magazine and done a number of other assignments for the Society, so it adds up to quite a bit of work overall. But I’ve also always been interested in doing different things across different media platforms (as we call them now).
I’ve been keen on books for many years, because they have a longer life than a magazine, which is here one month and becomes old paper the next. We’ve been very careful with how we approach books. We’re working on the next one right now: Into-Africa (to be published in the autumn) is based on a big exhibition I produced for the Smithsonian. It’s an overview of the work I’ve done in Africa over the years.