Photograph by James Balog
Photograph courtesy James Balog
For more than 25 years, James Balog has broken new ground in the art of photographing nature. Time magazine photographer James Nachtwey wrote of his images, "Each new series represents a quantum leap in creativity...He is a visionary and his works are like sacred objects."
If Balog's work is artistically and intellectually inspiring, it is also physically exhilarating. It springs from his passionate, lifelong involvement with nature as an artist, scientist, explorer, and adventurer. He is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a white-water river, the African savanna or polar ice caps.
Balog's work has received international acclaim, including the Leica Medal of Excellence and the premier awards for nature and science photography at World Press Photo in Amsterdam. His exhibitions have been shown at more than a hundred museums and galleries around the world. He was the first photographer ever commissioned to create a full plate of stamps for the U.S. Postal Service; the 1996 release featured America's endangered wildlife.
Many major magazines, including National Geographic, the New Yorker, Life, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and Outside, have published his work. He is a contributing editor to National Geographic Adventure and is the subject of the short film A Redwood Grows in Brooklyn.
Balog is the author of six books, including Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife, which was widely hailed as a major conceptual breakthrough in nature photography. Recent work includes the Extreme Ice Survey, a project that brings image-makers and scientists together to create a photographic record of global climate change.
Balog lives on a Rocky Mountain ridge high above Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Suzanne, and two daughters.
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