“I was researching the imagery of climate change and I felt that it was very white on many levels, and very distant–images of polar bears and glaciers and often very beautiful scenarios. I bring people into the depiction of climate change.” –Gideon Mendel
A multiple-award-winning photographer, Aquin has traveled the world over the last 25 years bearing witness to both human and environmental distress, subjects he is deeply passionate about, and his work in Mégantic finds him at the intersection of both. A meticulous visual chronicler, Aquin has brought a socially engaged approach to subjects as diverse as the Indonesian tsunami, man-made desertification in China, food shortages along the Nile in Egypt, Quebec’s contaminated Yamaska River and the earthquake in Haiti. His work has not gone unnoticed. Aquin’s series, The Chinese “Dust Bowl” (2005-2007), examines the human-made desertification of Northern China, was awarded the National Magazine Award Silver Medal for Photojournalism and Photo Essays, as well as the prestigious Prix Pictet. He has also received the Prix Antoine-Desilets (2006), the Canadian National Newspaper Award (2007) and the Grand Prix Lux (2007).
On the night of July 13, 2015 an unmanned freight train rushes in and derails in downtown Lac-Megantic, Eastern Quebec. It’s cargo, light crude oil from the united states explodes in a violent inferno that engulfs the small city. Forty-seven people perish, 5.6 million liters of hydoro carbons are spilled and contaminate the soil, the buildings and the Chaudier River. The policy coincides with a change is policy from the Quebec government, which is gradually increasing its exploitation of oil and shale gas contained within the region. It represents the worst land oil spill to date in North America.
Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world. “These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear. We are drawn by desire – a chance at good living, yet we are consciously or unconsciously aware that the world is suffering for our success. Our dependence on nature to provide the materials for our consumption and our concern for the health of our planet sets us into an uneasy contradiction. For me, these images function as reflecting pools of our times.”- Edward Burtynsky
“When I first started photographing industry it was out of a sense of awe at what we as a species were up to. Our achievements became a source of infinite possibilities. But time goes on, and that flush of wonder began to turn. The car that I drove cross-country began to represent not only freedom, but also something much more conflicted. I began to think about oil itself: as both the source of energy that makes everything possible, and as a source of dread, for its ongoing endangerment of our habitat.”- Edward Burtynsky
Georgina Goodwin is an independent documentary photographer and Canon Ambassador based in Nairobi. Specialising in social issues, women and environment she works regularly for Agence France-Presse AFP and United Nations Agency for Refugees UNHCR, contributes to Getty Images and Everyday Climate Change. “As an African visual story teller I feel strongly that this is my duty to make sure that the very real and fast-paced changes that are occurring all around us in Africa today are documented and our voices as Africans are heard all around the world.” – Georgina Goodwin on Instagram
Sean Gallagher creates photographic, video and multimedia projects that highlight individual’s stories from communities that are affected by issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, desertification and deforestation. He is a 7-time recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting travel grant, my images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and I am a Fellow of the UK Royal Geographical Society. Find Sean Gallagher on Instagram.
Darren Jew is an Australian nature and underwater photographer who uses his images to promote conservation and engagement. He is featured in Canon’s ‘Tales by Light’ photography documentary where he shows how local community engagement in Indonesia has helped protect fragile reef habitats. Darren Jew on Instagram
Roger Fishman reinterprets water as a visual art form. This collection was photographed from the skies above Iceland. It captures nature’s orchestration of glacial melt, rivers, and the sea, which merge together into glorious, abstract beauty. These ethereal images are rich with exquisite design and detailed textures. By reinterpreting water as art, Roger hopes to inspire us to rethink how we can live with our natural resources in a different, more respectful and sustainable way. Water as Art is a visual and visceral celebration of life. Roger Fishman on Instagram
Uwe H. Martin
Uwe H. Martin is a visual storyteller, slow journalist and multimedia producer at the Bombay Flying Club. His long-term projects combine photography with documentary film, text and sound. He is currently partnering with Frauke Huber on a set of multimedia documentaries about the global commons: water, seed and land. ‘White Gold‘ investigates the social and environmental effects of global cotton production. Their new visual research project ‘LandRush‘ explores the impact of large-scale agro investments on rural economies and land rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land and the future of agriculture around the world. Uwe Martin on Instagram
Johannesburg, South Africa
My Drowning World explores the personal impact of climate change in a global context. –Gideon Mendel says, “I wanted to make something where the victims of climate change are looking the viewer directly in the eye,” he says. “There was a point for me where I was researching the imagery of climate change and I felt that it was very white on many levels, and very distant–images of polar bears and glaciers and often very beautiful scenarios. I bring people into the depiction of climate change.” Gideon Mendel on Instagram
Currently in Ireland
Toby Smith’s focus lies on large-scale photography, communication and research projects for editorial publication, exhibition and advocacy. Exemplary long term projects include a study of hydroelectricity and landscape in Scotland, renewable energy technology across China and India, illegal logging and mining in Madagascar, a review of the worldwide commercial space industry, walking the entire proposed London to Birmingham rail line and documenting water scarcity across the Himalayas Shifting Sands documents the threatened ecosystems of the UAE for exhibition at the Imagine Science Film Festival in Abu Dhabi. There is a long-term goal of promoting wider understanding and capacity building of UK based NGOs and conservation groups and thus supporting sustainable landscape and tourism development. Toby Smith on Instagram
An active pilot and flight instructor, Jassen specializes in aerial photography, featuring both popular and remote parts of the world. Recent awards include top prizes in the Moscow International Foto Awards, the International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY), Tokyo International Foto Awards, PDN World in Focus Awards, International Photography Awards (IPA, New York). “Thousands of Volkswagen and Audi cars sit idle in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert. Models manufactured from 2009 to 2015 were designed to cheat emissions tests mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Following the scandal, Volkswagen recalled millions of cars. By capturing scenes like this one, I hope we will all become more conscious of and more caring toward our beautiful planet.” Jassen Tadrove
Currently in Nairobi, Kenya Nichole Sobecki focuses on issues relating to identity, conflict and human rights; a recent body of work entitled Climate and Conflict, supported by The GroundTruth Project, investigates the human consequences of significant environmental change across Somalia.
New York Justin Brice Guariglia is a contemporary visual artist known for his work on ecological issues. His photographic, sculptural, and installations address climate change. Guariglia frequently collaborates with scientists, philosophers, and journalists in order to forge a deeper understanding of human impact on the planet. The Man on an Eco-Mission in Mixed Media, NYTimes.
After Ice is an artist intervention via mobile selfie app, a collaboration between visual artist Justin Brice Guariglia and award-winning app development studios Strange Flavour and second verse. After Ice is an app that allows you to visualize sea level rise where ever you are standing and experience climate change through augmented reality. Justin Brice Guariglia on Instagram
Cornwall, England. Living in Nairobi, Kenya Photojournalist Lisa Murray has seen firsthand how new weather patterns affect rural communities. She’s seen women in Kenya walk hours to get water for their families; healthy villages in South Sudan going hungry after flash floods wipe away the harvest; fishing communities in Indonesia disappearing due to erosion and rising sea levels. “In the West, climate change doesn’t impact on our lives the same way it does in the global South,” she says. “It’s easy for people to ignore it.”
Photography and the Environment: Three Perspectives, British Journal of Photography, 2018