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Vanishing Glaciers, Then and Now

Saturday, 20 October 2012 10:39 By James Balog, Moyers & Company | Photo Essay
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For years, photographer James Balog has been risking his life to document the receding of glaciers as climate change begins taking its toll at the earth’s extremities. These pairs of images from his new book, Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, released last month by Rizzoli, show the transformation of glaciers in Switzerland, Canada, Iceland and Greenland since 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Stein Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Stein Glacier, Switzerland. September 17, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Bridge Glacier, British Columbia, Canada. September 1, 2009.

Vanishing Glaciers.Bridge Glacier, British Columbia, Canada. August 23, 2010.

Vanishing Glaciers.Elger Glacier, Switzerland. September 24, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Elger Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Umiamako Glacier, Greenland. June 17, 2007

Vanishing Glaciers.Umiamako Glacier, Greenland. June 16, 2011

Vanishing Glaciers.snæfellsjökull Glacier, Iceland. March 5, 2005.

Vanishing Glaciers.snæfellsjökull Glacier, Iceland. June 17, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 16, 2011.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 25, 2006.

Vanishing Glaciers.Trift Glacier, Switzerland. September 16, 2011.

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James Balog

James Balog is the Founder and Director of the Extreme Ice Survey, a collaborative project between artists and scientists devoted to documenting changes in glaciers and raising public awareness of climate change. In addition to 30 years of experience photographing nature, Balog holds a master’s degree in geomorphology from the University of Colorado. He is a recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence and the premier awards for both nature and science photography at World Press Photo in Amsterdam. Balog is the author of six books, including Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife and Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest. His images have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and are regularly published in such magazines as Life, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and Outside. He is a contributing editor to National Geographic Adventure.


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