Prince Albert II of Monaco Opens “Polar Planet” Featuring Exquisite Photography in a Collaboration Between Filip Kulisev and Poseidon Expeditions
The results of a two-year collaboration between polar region cruise specialist Poseidon Expeditions and a world-renowned photographer, Filip Kulisev, are on display presently in Monaco at Galerie des Pêcheurs.
Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the exhibit, Polar Planet, on Oct. 2. It is scheduled to run 24 hours daily through Nov. 15, 2018. Admission is free to the public.
This is the third time that Filip Kulisev has been honored with an exhibit in Monaco. His large-scale photographs highlight the beauty and some of the most spectacular sites and wildlife of both the Arctic and Antarctic. The exhibit continues many years of cooperation between Kulisev and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which has three priority objectives: to limit climate change, to safeguard biodiversity and to manage water resources.
In his introduction, Prince Albert noted that Kulisev “has such a way, not only rendering species beautiful and attractive, but also depicting incredible places on our planet. His images make you want to go there for a visit. He is also incredibly skilled at capturing the very special kind of light in the polar regions.”
Nikolay Saveliev, president and founder of Poseidon Expeditions, said that the partnership between Kulisev and Poseidon – occurring over the course of more than a dozen voyages including the North Pole – has been rewarding for everyone. “Our guests were thrilled to witness Filip hard at work and saw his resulting images before anyone else in special presentations at the conclusion of each voyage. We all have great memories as well as breathtakingly beautiful photographs of our time together.”
In the 15 years that Kulisev has been traveling to both the Arctic and Antarctica, his images over that period visibly demonstrate the effects of climate change. Glaciers are shrinking and many species are losing their natural habitat.
Kulisev said that despite harsh conditions and cold weather he finds it fascinating to be able to photograph hundreds of thousands of penguins in one place on South Georgia and polar bears floating on icebergs searching for food.
“There is so much to admire in the varied landscapes and fauna of Antarctica, South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, Svalbard, Iceland, Franz Josef Land and Greenland. This exhibit is my tribute to Albert II, whom I greatly appreciate for his many good works to save the oceans and persuade politicians to take measures to moderate the effects of the global warming,” said Kulisev.
The opening was attended by many distinguished guests from Monaco, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Japan and Slovakia, the photographer’s home country. It is planned that the exhibition will travel to other major metropolitan centers in Europe, to be announced, over the course of the next two years.
In the past decade, world traveler and photographer Filip Kulisev has been recognized as one of the world’s best landscape photographers. He has had over 200 exhibitions in Slovakia and around the world. He is the author of nine books recording the diversity and beauty of the world’s natural wonders and the stories from his trips. He has received the two highest European qualifications, Master Qualified European Photographer (MQEP) in Landscape and the British Institute of Professional Photographers (FBIPP) highest title, Fellow. He is an avid naturalist who supports activities aimed at protecting the environment for future generations.