Photographic Work   YEARS 1990   Queensland

Queensland, Australie - 1995

Sandbanks on the coast of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia (20°15’ S, 149°01’ E).


Original Edition Signed and Numbered

Uncountable coral islands and islands of continental origin are strew across the narrow corridor which separates Queensland, in the northeast of Australia, from the Great Barrier Reef, situated some 18 miles (30 kilometers) off the mainland. Whitsunday Island, with an area of 42 square miles (109 square kilometers), is the biggest of the 74 islands that constitute the archipelago of the same denomination origin, named by the British navigator James Cook who discovered these islands in 1770, on Whit Sunday. The beach of Whitehaven is famous for its soft white sand mainly composed of pure silica. This site belongs to the marine park of the Great Barrier which welcomes every year about 2 million visitors. In these zones, fishing is prohibited and tourism is regulated to have only a moderate impact on this very sensitive environment. Nevertheless, land-based pollution and repeated invasions of Crown-of-thorns starfish damaged almost 20% of the coral reefs in 30 years. On the other hand, in the long run, climate change due to the emission of greenhouse gases, was identified as the biggest threat to the rise of the ocean’s surface temperature, and to the rise of the water and acidification levels.


Taken in 1995, It is a silver photography. His original slide is stored by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris.


Original work by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The prints are made exclusively by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris under the control of the artist himself.

Original Edition Signed and Numbered

Prints ordered without frames include a white border
- Format 1, 2 & 3 = 2 cm of white border around the image
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- Format 6 = 5 cm of white border around the image
Digital print made by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio. Canon IPF 9400 Ink-jet printer, pigmentary ink, printing on acid free 100% cotton fibre paper (Museo Silver Rag)

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