* "The Past from Above"
Swiss photographer Gerster has been taking aerial photos of some of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites for the last 50 years.
This collection, (...) shows off ancient ruined cities in breathtaking patchworks and the awe-inspiring architecture of religious sites from the temples of Abu Simbel in Egypt to Caesarea in Israel. (...)
"The Past from Above" provides a unique view of the world we live in today and a glimpse of what it must have looked like to the gods back then.
(From: Time Magazine Europe Edition, among the "10 best books of the year" December 2006)
* "...the pictures...often have a weirdly dream-like quality. If Kubla Khan had a library in Xanadu, he’d have kept this book on permanent display....Every single photograph ...combines scholarly interest with a sense of the numinous; it’s the record of a valuable and oddly heroic life, as well as a thing of beauty.“
(Andrew Motion, Britain’s Poet Laureate, reviewing The Past From Above in The Guardian, 4th March 2006)
* „The thing about Georg’s images is they are superb. If there’s anything to be seen, it’s in his images.“
(Archaeologist William Sumner, a University of Chicago professor emeritus, quoted by the reviewer of The Past From Above in the December 2005 issue of Smithsonian Magazine)
* „The best book of aerial photographs ever...The book is a tour de force of form and content.“
(Stewart Brand on „Grand Design“ (Der Mensch auf seiner Erde) in Next Whole Earth Catalog, 1976)
* „I think the most disturbing photograph was the one of huge piles of discarded tomatoes and squashes because they failed to reach the right standard of shape and size. What a dreadful comment on the appalling „throw-away“ society that we have now become...“
(H.R.H.Prince Charles in a private communication, 2000, commenting on the book „Amber Waves of Grain“)
* „georg gerster is a contemporary artist from Switzerland who tells us about the world through his works georg gerster is at once immensely informative and stunningly beautiful georg gerster is brillant“
(Googlism for: georg gerster, 2004, www.googlism.com)