Photographs by Gilles Martin

Exhibition available for hire

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Gilles Martin has over 30 years’ experience in the field of producing, setting up, and hiring photographic exhibitions. His clients include the French Senate, the Museums of Natural History of Lille, Bordeaux, Tours, Nantes, and Bayonne, as well as the most prestigious international photography and nature festivals.
His network (graphic designers, editors, photo laboratories, and artisans) means that he can set up exhibitions for you on a turnkey basis.


The words “biosphere” and “biodiversity” contain the Greek word “bios”, which means “life”. Literally speaking, the biosphere is the sphere of living things, whereas biodiversity is the diversity of living things. Thus, one is the container (the biosphere), and the other is the content (biodiversity). It is because life is possible on Earth that a wide variety of species has colonised the hydrosphere (water and all aquatic environments), the lithosphere (the ground), and the atmosphere (the gas sphere). In each of those “compartments”, life is only possible within very precise limits: up to 15 kilometres up in the atmosphere, almost 11 kilometres down in the marine depths, and just a few tens of metres into the ground. The whole makes up a very thin life envelope called the biosphere. If we start at the extremities, that layer is 26 kilometres thick, whereas the earth is 12.760 kilometres in diameter. If the Earth’s diameter were 1 metre, the biosphere would be 2 millimetres thick.
Extract from « La biosphère, la biodiversité et l'homme » de Michel LAMY published by Editions Ellipses.

Environmental protection is an emergency and the issues related to biodiversity are vital for mankind. The exhibition attempts to send this message.

Original scenography

An indoor exhibition only. A giant map of the world is used to present 225 animal species that are threatened with extinction. The photographic inventory covers 80 countries across the 6 continents, and takes stock of the biosphere from a visual and educational perspective.

  • The planisphere is 13.50 m long and 5.20 m high.
  • The 225 colour prints of endangered species measure 23 cm x 23 cm.
  • The point is presented on two panels that are as high as the map.
  • A caption panel summarises the giant map and gives the Latin and common names for the 225 species presented.

Interactive terminals

Interactive terminals set in front of the planisphere provide visitors with information on each of the 225 species represented: classification, population, area of distribution, IUCN and CITES status, etc.


The Biosphere exhibition has already been presented at the International Festival of Montier-en-Der, at the Parc de Champagne in Reims, within the peristyle of Tours City Hall, and in the Maison Rhodanienne de l'Environnement (Rhone Environment Centre).


Please do not hesitate to contact us. A pamphlet is available that sets out all the technical details for setting up and transport, as well as the rates for hiring the exhibition. 
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