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James Balog

Walker Ames Endowment

  • Photographer

January 8, 2014   |   6:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 130

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When Mountains Move

Photographer James Balog shares the latest photography and image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glacier retreat in spectacular landscapes from Mount Everest to Greenland. His images provide the “smoking gun” of climate change, visual evidence that audiences young and old can understand. In this visually stunning presentation, James and his team brave treacherous conditions—crevasses, rockslides, avalanches, temperatures down to -40 F., and frigid river crossings.  His multi-media show provides a fascinating exploration of humanity's relationship with nature, and a profound understanding of how climate change is affecting our planet. It is nothing short of a call to arms to one of the greatest challenges of our generation.

This unique presentation travels a wide arc through art and science, social psychology and public policy, celebrating nature and humanity—and inspiring us with hope for our collective future.

About James Balog

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 widest 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 feature length documentary, Chasing Ice.

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 11 American Nature Photography Association’s Outstanding Photographer of the Year award. He was named Person of the Year for 2011 by Photo Media 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, will be released in the fall of 2012.

Among his other books are Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest (2004), Wildlife Requiem (1984), Anima (1992), and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife (1990), which was hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in nature photography. His work has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Life, American Photo, Vanity Fair, Sierra, Audubon, and Outside, and is in dozens of public and private art collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery, the Denver Art Museum and the Gilman Paper Company. In 1996, James was the first photographer ever commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create a full sheet of stamps.

James lives in the Rocky Mountains, above Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Suzanne, and his daughters Simone and Emily.

Sponsoring Departments:

  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Alumni Association
  • College of the Environment, Quaternary Research Center
  • Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies - Canadian Studies Center