Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences Presents James Balog: Photography of the Anthropocene

By Editorial Team on October 19, 2021

Tue, 05 October 2021 - Fri, 12 November 2021

Burning Ethanol in a steel pan to study flame dynamics and flame buoyancy at the USFS Missoula Fire Lab. Fire Plume #1, Missoula, Montana, USA, 2015.
Page 271 from “The Human Element” by James Balog. Rizzoli International, New York, 2021.
Meet the Artist: Wednesday, October 13 from 11am to 12pm

Although the NAS Building is closed, members of the public can make reservations to visit the building to see the special exhibitions on view. Masks and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination are required (children under age 12 cannot be admitted).

James Balog
For 40 years, James Balog has photographed the beauty of our natural resources as well as the devastating impact of climate change on the Earth and its inhabitants. His projects explore the environmental and biological consequences of human behavior, and has focused on interlocked events of melting glaciers, rising seas, warming oceans, polluted air, uninhabitable temperatures, and the destructive forces of increasingly ferocious hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. Widely published and exhibited as a photographer, Balog is also a provider of data and visual evidence on climate and environmental change, particularly data generated by the Extreme Ice Survey, which he created in 2007 to document and measure the retreat of glaciers around the worldThis exhibition features more than 35 of Balog’s photographs from the 1980s to the present.

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