James Balog, Founder & President, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey

GL21261crop For 35 years, photographer James Balog (“BAY-log”) 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. 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 glaciCHASINGICE_POSTER 300 px high v3.4ers ever conducted. He and the EIS team are featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed, award–winning documentary Chasing Ice and in the 2009 PBS/NOVA special Extreme Ice. Chasing Ice won an Emmy, a major Sundance award, a top prize from the Environmental Media Association, and 35 other film industry accolades.

Chasing Ice was shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Awards. It has been screened at The White House, the U.S. Congress, the U.K. House of Commons, and the United Nations. It has been the subject of features on the NBC Evening News, ABC Nightline, and The Late Show with David Letterman, Moyers & Company on PBS, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR.

James has been honored with many awards, including, in recent years, the Heinz Award, the Duke University LEAF Award, the Rose-Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) League Award, and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society. James served as a NASA representative at the 2009 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP15) in Copenhagen and will have a significant role at the upcoming COP21 in Paris. James has been a keynote speaker at an environmental philosophy conference in Istanbul sponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarch of the 23 million-member Greek Orthodox Church.

ICE Cover_smMr. Balog is the author of eight books. ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers was published by Rizzoli in 2012. Among his other titles are Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest (2004) and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife (1990), hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in environmental photography.

James’ work 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. It has been extensively published in most of the world’s major pictorial magazines including The New Yorker, National Geographic, Life, and Vanity Fair. National Geographic showcased EIS in major features in 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Support Earth Vision Institute, the non-profit founded by James Balog. EVI is dedicated to educating and inspiring the public, and fostering the prosperity and health of human society through innovative visual exploration of our changing environment.

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Visit Extreme Ice Survey, a project of Earth Vision Institute. EIS is an innovative, long-term photography project that merges art and science to give a “visual voice” to the planet’s changing ecosystems.

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Jökulsárlón Iceland, 2 March 2009. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. portrait_of_milla Birthday Canyon, Greenland Ice Sheet, 28 June 2009, Adam LeWinter surveys Birthday Canyon, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers. Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 16 June 2011. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Jökulsárlón, Iceland, 16 June 2011. Ice diamond, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Jökulsárlón Iceland,	7 February 2008. Ice diamond. Icebergs float across the lagoon, breaking into smaller and smaller pieces as they go, then flow into the waves of the North Atlantic, from ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers Boulder County, Colorado, September 2010: After Fourmile Canyon Fire. Scorched homesite and melted aluminum chairs, Sunshine Canyon. Boulder County, Colorado, September 2010: After Fourmile Canyon Fire. Iceland, April 2010: Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland; ice melts in the foreground. Louisiana, June 2010: Gulf oil disaster aftermath. Cajun oysterman with grandson holds crude oil-filled net.