The LIFE Project is made possible by the generous support of TASCHEN, Nikon, Epson, Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History of the Netherlands, the University of California Santa Cruz, the Blue Earth Alliance, Sposto Interactive, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and other partners and sponsors.
TASCHEN is an art book publisher founded in 1980 by Benedikt Taschen in Cologne, Germany, that has been called the publisher of “the most exquisite books on the planet.” TASCHEN has been a noteworthy force in bringing art books to a mainstream audience, including both modern and classic books on art, design, and architecture. TASCHEN has published a number of titles produced by Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom, including Life: A Journey Through Time (2006), Jungles (2000), Penguin (1999), and Eye to Eye (1997), which was named by PBS in San Francisco as one of the 100 most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.
The world leader in digital imaging, precision optics, and photo imaging technology, Nikon and is recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, Nikkor optics, Speedlights, and System Accessories; Nikon Coolpix® compact digital cameras; Coolscan® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products, and Nikon sports and recreational optics. Nikon supports aspiring and advanced photographers through a variety of philanthropic organizations, educational programs, events and workshops.
Please visit www.nikonusa.com and www.europe-nikon.com.
Epson is a global leader in printing and inkjet technology, specializing in imaging products including computers, printers, scanners, and projectors, as well as electronic components from semiconductors and quartz devices to display screens for cell phones. Epson also makes watches, industrial robots, corrective lenses for eyeglasses, and other products using ever-smaller and more precise micromechatronics. All images for the LIFE exhibition were printed using the latest Epson Stylus Pro printing technology. Epson is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located.
Please visit www.proimaging.epson.com and www.epson-europe.com.
Naturalis, the National Museum of Natural History of the Netherlands, is a leading European museum of natural history that attracts more than 250,000 visitors annually. It was awarded the Prince Bernhard Fund Museum Award for its innovative exhibits and is known for its capacity to interpret earth and life sciences in a striking manner for large audiences.
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is America's preeminent new music festival dedicated to orchestral music, and is the winner of the national A.S.C.A.P. Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music for twenty-five consecutive years, from 1982 to 2007. Led by Music Director and Conductor Maestra Marin Alsop and Executive Director Ellen Primack, the Festival has presented numerous world premieres by composers including John Adams, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Keith Jarrett, and Arvo Part, and it has become the epicenter of modern symphonic music in the United States. Alsop also serves as the Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and is the first woman to lead a major American orchestra.
Philip Glass is considered one of the most influential composers of our time. He is a pioneer of Minimalist music and is widely recognized as a composer who has brought art music to the public. He has produced music for film, opera, theatre, and orchestra, and has received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his film scores. A prolific composer, Glass’s artistic collaborators include Ravi Shankar, David Bowie, the late Allen Ginsberg, and Doris Lessing, among many others. He is a Buddhist and a co-founder of the Tibet House with actor Richard Gere. A native of Baltimore, Glass makes his home in New York City.
University of California Santa Cruz
A world-class research and teaching institution located in Santa Cruz, California, UCSC ranks first in the United States for its research impact in the field of physics, and has long been recognized as a center of excellence for research in astronomy and related fields. The Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) at UCSC has been at the forefront of both theoretical and experimental research in particle physics for many years, and has played a prominent role in the development and completion of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Blue Earth Alliance
The Blue Earth Alliance in Seattle, Washington, is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation dedicated to supporting photographic projects that educate the public about threatened cultures, endangered environments, and other social concerns. The Blue Earth Alliance has accepted Life: A Journey Through Time as a project eligible for financial support. For more information please email the Blue Earth Alliance at email@example.com, or visit www.blueearth.org.
Michael DeLapa specializes in the transformation of ideas into products and services. Drawing on 20 years of experience in launching and managing new ventures, and an extensive network of professional contacts, he provides marketing, strategic planning, business development, and other management services to businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit groups.
New York-based composer Patrick Zimmerli has been active in jazz and classical music for more than 20 years. Since 2002 he has served as Composer in Residence at the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. His music has been performed at the Guggenheim Museum, on National Public Radio’s Fresh Sounds Program, and at the Jazz Composers Collective. His awards include first prize in the first annual Thelonious Monk Institute Composers Competition. He has released several CDs of his music, and has produced numerous compositions and arrangements for radio, TV, and film. His music is featured on www.LifeThroughTime.com, the website for The LIFE Project.
Sposto Interactive is an interactive communications agency specializing in the creation of unique and powerful online user experiences. Since 1996 they have been providing select national and global clients with a variety of interactive communication solutions. Sposto Interactive was selected by the Frans Lanting Studio to interpret and translate The LIFE Project into an immersive interactive website, www.LifeThroughTime.com. They are proud to be working with the Frans Lanting Studio and to have the opportunity to contribute to this artistic and educational endeavor.
Based in Germany, Tourmalin develops and circulates exhibitions in the field of fine nature photography. Since 2000, Tourmalin founder Juliane Margraf has been touring natural history exhibitions throughout Europe, including four Frans Lanting exhibitions: Eye to Eye, Jungles, and two separate presentations of Life: A Journey Through Time.
The Frans Lanting Studio in Santa Cruz, California, is the home base for photographer Frans Lanting and his wife and partner Chris Eckstrom, a writer, editor, and producer. At the Studio they do research for fieldwork and prepare for assignments around the world. They return to produce books, exhibits, and events for publishers, corporations, and other clients worldwide. The Studio’s mission is to promote knowledge and understanding about the earth and its natural history through images and ideas that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet. Through its work and alliances, the Frans Lanting Studio actively promotes conservation at levels ranging from global initiatives to local solutions.