The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Construction

The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Construction

Louie Psihoyos

1.22.2012

Louie Psihoyos

Louie Psihoyos has been widely regarded as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the yellow-bordered magazine for 18 years. Psihoyos has been on contract for Fortune Magazine and shot hundreds of covers for other magazines including Smithsonian, Discover, GEO, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated and Rock and Ice. His work has also been seen on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Television and the History Channel. His imagination, wit, and iconic imagery have helped illustrate a wide array of complex subjects and is carried over to his filmmaking. Psihoyos' first documentary film, The Cove, has won over 70 awards globally from festivals and critics, including the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2009. In addition, in 2005 Psihoyos created the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS). The non-profit organization provides an exclusive lens for the public and media to observe the beauty as well as the destruction of the oceans, while motivating change.

Filmmaker Louie Psihoyos is director of the 2009 Oscar winning film for best documentary, "The Cove," which uncovers how a small seaside village in Japan serves as a microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide. At the Clinton School, Psihoyos gives a lecture titled, "The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Construction," about his efforts to use film to inspire activism. He also shows clips from his next eco-thriller about the sixth mass extinction on Earth. The new film will feature scientist Roger Payne, who declares that in the near future all the famines and world wars experienced by humanity will be a footnote compared to the destruction humanity is creating on the planet.