Wildlife photographer Björn Persson on how to save the planet a shot at a time

Björn Persson interview
(Image credit: Björn Persson)

Based in Stockholm, Björn Persson is a renowned photographer who has spent years traveling the world in search of adventure and remarkable images. He’s also involved with conservation projects, including Smart Savannahs in Kenya, and has helped raise money for African Parks, Star For Life and other organizations.

For wildlife photographer Björn Persson, the message is what matters. “I’m not interested in that pure documentary style of wildlife photography,” he says. “I want to touch people on an emotional level. I want to move people.” We’re talking via Zoom, Björn at home in Stockholm. Behind him, the shelves are filled with African masks, statues and other souvenirs from his years of traveling and photographing the natural world. He describes his photography, as seen in his new book Beauty Will Save the World, as art, distinguishing his approach from photojournalism or natural history.

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Graeme Green is a British travel photographer, journalist and travel writer, whose work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Wanderlust, National Geographic, South China Morning Post and others. For more, see . Follow him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/graeme.green/