George Steinmetz (born 1957) is an American photographer. He was born in the neighbourhood of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geophysics in 1979. He began his career in photography in New York City after hitchhiking through Africa for 28 months in his twenties. His current work focuses on photographing the world’s deserts while piloting a motorized paraglider. This experimental aircraft enables him to capture images of the world inaccessible by traditional aircraft and most other modes of transportation.
His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Smithsonian, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, and he is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine.