About Amazon Stock Photography
The story began with the river pink dolphin (Inia geoffrensis). In 1988 the Italian-French photographer Leonide Principe, arrived in the Amazon for the first time in a sail trip from Fortaleza to Cayenne - French Guiana in a sailboat and which the captain, offering the most enjoyable cruise, was controlled by the watercourse and the wind. It was at that trip that he approached the base level of the Amazon River, feeling the giant’s respectful presence. Then, back to the winds and the salt saturated water, the journey continued, but missing the river and with a promise of return. Four months later, sitting by the airplane’s window in a flight from Barbados to Manaus and with a scheduled meeting at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), there he was, creating the foundation of a permanence that could have never imagine that it would become his roots… which born by the first news report about the red river dolphins held as a request by the French communications agency Sipa Press.
He never imagined that this would be the beginning of a long journey in the Amazon, as this report was the catalyst for a larger project: the Amazon Stock Photos, a file to describe the region as a whole, its strangeness, landscapes, flora, fauna, indigenous and folkloric context and ecotourism.
Leonide Principe had his first rock climbing lesson in 1997 with a major in the Brazilian army whom tried to adapt techniques used in climbing mountain to reach the treetops. These classes helped to conduct a scientific expedition called “Plantas Aéreas da Amazônia – Amazon’s Air Plants”, a project which its goal was to photograph epiphytes (orchids, bromeliads, etc.) and that was supported and sponsored by the Department of Culture of the Amazon State. For more information about this project, click here and read the article published in Veja magazine.
Since that time, he became interested in doing something with the gained knowledge from the tree climbing and photography and it was in 1998 that he started a new project along with his wife and children. They bought 270 acres of virgin forest in Presidente Figueiredo – AM, and started giving life to the TROPICAL TREE CLIMBING company. The purpose of this was to bring a recreational activity to Brazil for nature lovers, families and photographers. Later, in 2006, Leonide created strategic alliances, Tim Kovar (master instructor of Tree Climbers International) being amongst the most important ones, bringing this prestigious certification organization to offer courses in Brazil.
Since then, the photographer receives adventurers from all around the world to experience and capture images from the treetops, as well as to get to know the biodiversity that is in it: birds, orchids, insects, etc and at the same time, he continues to work in expanding the AMAZON STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY.
AMAZON STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY
The Amazon Image Bank started in 1988 by photographer Leonide Principe. The images have been used numerous times to enrich pages of well-known national publications (Horizonte Geographic, Earth View, Folha de São Paulo, Icarus) and international magazines (Natura Oggi, Das Tier, VSD, Geo), and also in the illustration work for advertising companies and institutions.
During his first phase of analogue photography, Leonide made and organized a file of 40,000 images, all of them selected and classified according to specific themes. But at the turn of the century, decided to migrate to digital photography, so he sold all his old photographic archive to the Cultural Center of the Peoples of the Amazon (CCPA), supported by the Government of the Amazon State.
Without any nostalgic for those days of analog photography, Leo began to create a new file, but this time in digital photography. Today his collection includes over 25,000 RAW images with an extensive documentation of flora, fauna, folklore, landscapes, wildlife, ecotourism, research and population among others, and it continues growing.
He always avoided to explore images such as deforestation, destruction and disease, trying to look at the integrity of nature, sharing the positive side of it with his customers.
You can buy digital photographs very simple, they are organized by galleries and keywords making it easier to search. Please, only sign in at the link Amazon Image Bank and select the images of your choice.
The quote for each photograph and its specific use will be made online, as well as the payment. If you are interested in requesting further specific photographs that you can't find in the galleries, please contact the photographer.
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