For wildlife photographer and conservationist Florian Schulz, who has worked in some of the most remote wilderness in the world, telling en- gaging environmental stories requires nearly all-consuming devotion to his work. Schulz, a German photographer, built his career by spending extended periods of time making images that describe how an entire
“I like to work on things in-depth,” Schulz says. “I don’t go somewhere for a week
or two and think I have covered it. I love to return to a place and get a lot more in-
sight and a lot more depth.”
For his new book, To The Arctic, which is a companion to a 3D documentary film
of the same name, Schulz spent more than 18 months working in the Arctic over the
course of several years, and during one stretch spent five months in the field.
Wildlife photographers might be inclined to specialize in a particular subject, like
birds, for instance, but Schulz says part of his success is his ability to create a diverse
Opposite page: Polar bears look for meat on a whale carcass in Svalbard, Norway.
This page, right: Florian Schulz in his arctic uniform. Below: Kittiwakes gather at a pool
of meltwater on the ice on Alaska’s Chukchi Sea.
range of images. “I dive, I do good aerial work, I do
good wildlife work because I have the patience for
the wildlife work, and I do good landscape work.
I’m able to cover entire ecosystems because of my
passion for the different aspects of photography,
and I’m willing to invest the time, energy and additional money” to make all of these different types
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While his photographs are spectacular, Schulz’s
commitment to his work is what puts him in position to make images that very few other photographers can make. His work starts with calculated
decisions about where to be in order to see the
wildlife he wants to photograph. “Basically I had
a wish list of where I wanted to be at what time
of year, and wanted to orchestrate that in a very spontaneous yet precise way,”
Schulz says of his work on To The Arctic. Once he’s in the field, situations are fluid
and opportunities present themselves, often through coincidence or, if you’re