Camille Seaman

The land and water connect us all—we are our environment.

TED Fellow and Photographer Capturing Extreme Weather, Fragile Environments

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Camille  Seaman | TED Fellow and Photographer Capturing Extreme Weather, Fragile Environments
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Camille Seaman is a photographer whose work focuses on the fragile environments, extreme weather, and stark beauty of the natural world—from the deep greys of supercell storm clouds to the shocking blue of icebergs. As a TED Fellow and speaker, she urges us to connect to our surroundings: “I was taught from a very young age that we are connected to everything, that everything has a life force.” 

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.

Speech Topics

Climate Change
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.”