TED Fellow and Photographer Capturing Extreme Weather, Fragile Environments
Camille Seaman's photographs, which have been featured in National Geographic, TIME and The New York Times, have captured the attention of audiences worldwide. Born to a Native-American father and African-American mother, Seaman uses digital and film cameras, and works in the tradition of documentary and fine art. Since 2003, her work has concentrated on the environment of the polar regions. Her photographs have been collected in the book Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions, which was named one of the best photo books of 2014 by American Photo magazine.
Seaman has also published several books through Fastback Creative Books, a company that she co-founded. Her photographs have received many awards including a National Geographic Award and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award. In 2008, she was honored with a one-person exhibition, "The Last Iceberg," at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC.
Haunting Photos of Polar Ice
"It is not a death when [icebergs] melt; it is not an end, but a continuation of their path through the cycle of life.”
Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. In this stunning keynote, dive into her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg," as you listen to Seaman describe how, when, and why she shot these moving photographs. "I approach photographing icebergs as if I'm making portraits of my ancestors," she says, "knowing that in these individual moments they exist in that way and will never exist again."
Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions
For ten years Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth's polar regions. As an expedition photographer aboard small ships in the Arctic and Antarctic, she has chronicled the accelerating effects of global warming on the jagged face of nearly fifty thousand icebergs. Seaman's unique perspective of the landscape is entwined with her Native American upbringing: she sees no two icebergs as alike; each responds to its environment uniquely, almost as if they were living beings. Through Seaman's lens, each towering chunk of ice, breathtakingly beautiful in layers of smoky gray and turquoise blue, takes on a distinct personality, giving her work the feel of majestic portraiture. Melting Away collects seventy-five of Seaman's most captivating photographs, life affirming images that reveal not only what we have already lost, but more importantly what we still have that is worth fighting to save.
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