Founder/Director

Extreme Ice Survey

Speaking At:
Preparing for Our Future: Climate Change
June 26, 2013 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: 151A-B
Topic: Plenary

For 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 glaciers 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. The film was on the 2013 Academy Award shortlist for documentaries.  EIS is also featured in the 2009 NOVA/PBS documentary, Extreme Ice.  National Geographic showcased EIS in its June 2007 and June 2010 issues.

James has been recognized with the Heinz Award, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service, the Aspen Institute’s Visual Arts & Design Award, and the Galen and Barbara Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure. He has received the Leica Medal of Excellence, the International League of Conservation Photographers Award and the North American Nature Photography Association’s “Outstanding Photographer of the Year” award. He was named “Person of the Year” for 2011 by PhotoMedia magazine.

Mr. Balog is the author of eight books. His most recent, ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers (Rizzoli, 288 pp), was released in the fall of 2012. Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report, was published by National Geographic Books in 2009. His other books include: Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest (2004), Wildlife Requiem (1984), Anima (1992), and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife (1990), which was hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in nature 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, American Photo, Vanity Fair, Sierra, Audubon, and Outside. In 1996, James was the first photographer ever commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create a series of stamps. The documentary film, A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn (2006), explores his thoughts about art, nature, and perception.

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