One of the most important natural history photographers of our time.
Mattias Klum was born in Uppsala, Sweden in 1968 and started taking pictures in his teens. He has worked full-time as a freelance photographer since 1986, and as a cinematographer and director on numerous film and television projects since 1994. In an artistic way that is entirely his own, Klum describes and portrays animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions.
Klum’s film credits include:
Borneo’s Rainforest and The Brittle Thread, a documentary about Asia’s last lions; Searching for the Giant Sea Eagle, a Wild Chronicles segment for National Geographic Channel; and The Linnaeus Expedition together with producer Folke Rydén. Klum with team worked on the music video project Funk for Life together with renowned musician Nils Landgren. The project supports Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and their work in Kibera, Nairobi. Klum released two films in 2011: The Testament of Tebaran, a Penan elder’s plea to end deforestation in Borneo, and The Coral Eden, a film about biodiversity from one of the Earth’s last untouched coral reef havens. In 2014 he released a film about the Baltic Sea environment, The Contemplator, which celebrates the unparalleled beauty of this fragile sea and is a powerful reminder of what’s at stake. Klum's latest film, Vamizi - Cradle of Coral, is about a unique coral reef in the Quirimbas archipelago, just off the coast of Mozambique. We follow a team of scientists who struggle to keep it alive and safe.
Klum is an internationally sought-after lecturer and has given more than 3000 lectures worldwide. A selection of business customers: Tällberg Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, The Royal Palace of Sweden, Prince Albert II Foundation, Apple, The Prince’s Trust, IKEA, National Geographic Society, WWF, Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Chautauqua Institution, Audi, American Express and Sweco, among others. He is internationally recognized for describing and portraying animals, plants, and natural and cultural settings in the form of articles, books, films, lectures and exhibitions. His artistic photographic language has rendered him success not only in the world of documentaries but also in the art scene.
Big World, Small Planet
Big World, Small Planet probes the urgent predicament of our times: how is it possible to create a positive future for both humanity and Earth? We have entered the Anthropocene—the era of massive human impacts on the planet—and the actions of over seven billion residents threaten to destabilize Earth’s natural systems, with cascading consequences for human societies. In this extraordinary book, the authors combine the latest science with compelling storytelling and amazing photography to create a new narrative for humanity’s future.