James Balog has been a leader in photographing, understanding and interpreting the natural environment for three decades. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river; the African savannah or polar icecaps. To reveal the impact of climate change, James founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. National Geographic showcased this work in the June 2007 and June 2010 issues. The project is also featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice, and in the recent feature-length documentary, Chasing Ice (2012), directed by Jeff Orlowski. EIS has been recognized with the Heinz Award, the Missouri School of Journalism's Honor Medal for Distinguished Service, the Aspen Institute's Visual Arts & Design Award, and the Galen and Barbara Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure. Balog has received the Leica Medal of Excellence, the International League of Conservation Photographers Award and the North American Nature Photography Association's Outstanding Photographer of the Year award. He was named Person of the Year for 2011 by PhotoMedia magazine. James is the author of seven books, including Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report, published by National Geographic Books in 2009. ICE: Portraits of the World's Vanishing Glaciers, was released in the fall of 2012. James will introduce and then speak after a screening of Chasing Ice, a film that captures him traveling through the arctic installing time-lapse cameras to document glaciers vanishing at an alarming rate, something he hopes will make the world wake up and see that climate change isn't far into the future, but imminent. Winner of the Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentaries at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Chasing Ice has been described as "hauntingly beautiful" and a must see for climate change experts and skeptics alike. (Huffington Post). The event is free but a pass must be obtained in advance from the Willard Straight Hall Ticket Desk on the main floor of the building starting Monday, April 1 at 10am. Limit two per person.
films in series
- Chasing Ice April 8
- free admission with pass, available at Willard Straight Ticket Desk starting 10am Mon Apr 1 (limit 2 passes per person)
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