About Louie

Fantastic Fungi director Louie Schwartzberg is best-known for his time-lapse art and films, but the films are not the story. His story and his truth are what make the films possible. Known as the pioneer of time-lapse photography, Louie is on a mission to share the beauty and intelligence of nature to protect the planet and create a better future. He believes this is how we’ll change the world.

Louie, 1972


Born to Holocaust survivors who miraculously found each other and built a new life in Brooklyn, Louie has spent his lifetime cultivating the gratitude his parents instilled in him. He uses that reverence and curiosity for life to ask the big questions. Over 40 years ago, Louie began taking time-lapse photography of flowers, continuing 24/7 to this day. That was the beginning of his life’s work. He helps the world embark on journeys of time and scale, by making the invisible visible.

Circa 1982
Filming Altered States, 1979

My passion for capturing imagery that inspires wonder and awe, and for capturing subjects that are too slow, too fast, too small, or too vast for the naked eye to see is what led me to filmmaking.

— Louie Schwartzberg


Louie’s next project aims to fight fear and spread gratitude as a catalyst for change. Inspired by the global disconnect and loneliness felt during the pandemic, Gratitude Revealed continues his passion for celebrating life and the human spirit. Louie is building a legacy that encourages us all to slow down, bear witness and unveil the mysteries of life. He offers us all an opportunity to open our hearts, see each other with compassion and understanding — and build bridges with those who think differently.

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