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Climate change is a complex phenomenon and climate science can be intimidating to the layperson. What kinds of photographs advance the arguments of climate change activists and scientists? How do photographers illustrate the root causes of climate change as well as its impact on the environment? Panelists include photographers Balazs Gardi, Ed Kashi (VII), and Camille Seaman; and Gavin Schmidt, climate scientist and co-author of Climate Change: Picturing the Science. Moderator: Francesco Fiondella, Director of Communications, International Research Institute for Climate and Society.

Freelance photographer Balazs Gardi's worldwide independent expedition exploring the consequences of the global water crisis has recently evolved into Azdarya, an online magazine dedicated solely to water. His photos have received many of the top awards by international juries such as the Global Vision Award in 2009 and the PX3 Photographer of the Year award in 2008. Photojournalist, filmmaker, and educator Ed Kashi is a member of the VII photo agency and founder, with wife Julie Winokur, of Talking Eyes Media, which produces short films exploring significant social issues. His editorial assignments and personal projects have generated seven books, including Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta (2010). Since 2003, photographer Camille Seaman has focused on documenting the fragile environment of the Polar Regions. Her photography has received many awards, including a National Geographic Award in 2006, and she was honored with a one-person exhibition, The Last Iceberg, at the National Academy of Sciences in 2008. She is a TED Senior Fellow. Climate scientist Gavin A. Schmidt works on understanding past, present, and future climate change. As a contributing editor at RealClimate.org, he is committed to communicating science to the general public, making sure that general readers have access to the basics of climate science. He is the author, with Josh Wolfe, of Climate Change: Picturing the Science (2009), director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and adjunct faculty with the Earth Institute of Columbia University. He was awarded the American Geophysical Union's Inaugural Climate Communications Prize in 2011. Francesco Fiondella heads communications at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society. Through his writing and photography, he shares how some of the world's most vulnerable people struggle with the realities of droughts, extreme weather, epidemics, and other climate-related risks, and what science is doing about it. He is the co-creator of the 2014 Climate Models, a crowdfunded project that turned climate scientists into fashion models as a way to spark public engagement and interest in science.

This event is part of the Fall 2014 programming series ICP Talks: Climate Change. For a complete listing of series events, click here.


ICP gratefully acknowledges our partnership with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society of Columbia University | Earth Institute, The Climate Group and Climate Week NYC, and The Human Impacts Institute, Brooklyn, in developing and presenting public programs to accompany the exhibition Sebastião Salgado: Genesis.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
International Research Institute

Climate Week NYC

Human Impacts Institute


Image: Camille Seaman, The Great Downpour, Bertha, Minnesota, June 20, 2014. © Camille Seaman.