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James Balog Biography
Mountaineer, environmentalist, and photographer James Balog uses his photography interdisciplinarily to document and advocate against one of the most pressing matters of our current era––climate change. He founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), where he serves as the leading voice for the most detailed photographic documentation of glaciers to date. His 1990 book Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife revolutionized the dialectical relationship between photography and environmentalism, highlighting ways in which the two fields can inform each other progressively.
Born in Danville, PA in 1952, nature began to spark Balog’s interest during his early childhood. He began participating in outdoor expeditions in the surrounding areas while working towards his degree in communications at Boston College. During this time period, Balog started experimenting with photography solely as a means to visually document his adventures. He continued this practice while earning his master’s in geomorphology from the University of Colorado.
Several prolific magazines have published Balog’s work, including National Geographic, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. Balog has been honored by various government and non-governmental organizations for his preservation efforts. At the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 15), he served as a representative for U.S./NASA in 2009 and was invited to the conference again in 2015 to speak for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
As a testimony to his worldwide influence, Balog has received the Leica Medal of Excellence as well as awards for nature and science photography at World Press Photo in Amsterdam. More than a hundred galleries and museums from around the globe continue to display his work.