“This is the memory of the landscape, and that landscape is gone. It may never be seen again in the history of civilization, but it is stored right here in these images.”– James Balog
James Balog’s portraits of ice highlight an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a visual voice to the planet’s changing ecosystems. For 35 years, the artist has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. As Balog says, “All the major currents of my adult life—mountaineering, geology, photography—have led to my Extreme Ice Survey project. It is the only thing I should be doing at this time and place.”
Balog’s work can be found in public and private collections internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Corcoran Gallery and the Denver Art Museum.
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