James Balog, Founder & Director, Extreme Ice Survey / Founder, Earth Vision Trust

GL21261cropFor three decades, James Balog [“BAY-log”] has been a leader in photographing and interpreting the natural environment. 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. The project is featured in the highly acclaimed documentary, Chasing Ice, which won the award for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, as well as dozens of awards at film festivals worldwide. 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, The Late Show with David Letterman, PBS’s Moyers & Company, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

James has been honored with many awards, including, in recent years, the Heinz Award, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service, the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts & Design Award, and the North American Nature Photography Association’s “Outstanding Photographer of the Year” award. He recently received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta and the American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society.

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. EIS is the subject of a 2009 NOVA/PBS documentary, Extreme Ice.

James lives in the Rocky Mountains, near Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two daughters.

EARTH VISION TRUST
Support Earth Vision Trust, the non-profit founded by James Balog. EVT 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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EXTREME ICE SURVEY
Visit Extreme Ice Survey, a project of Earth Vision Trust. 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.