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James Balog: Photography of the Anthropocene

October 4, 2021 - May 4, 2022

NAS Building, 2100 C St., N.W., West Gallery

Free. Photo ID and proof of up to date COVID-19 vaccination are required. Masks are optional for those with proof of up to date vaccination. For those who cannot show proof of being up to date, masks are required. We regret that those who are unvaccinated, including children, cannot attend. Up to date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays

About the Exhibition:

For forty years, James Balog has photographed the beauty of our natural resources as well as the devastating impact of climate change on the earth and its inhabitants. His projects explore the consequences of human behavior as it has begun to affect the stability of the natural world and the health of its citizens. He has focused on interlocked events of melting glaciers, rising seas, warming oceans, polluted air, uninhabitable temperatures, and the destructive forces of increasingly ferocious hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. 

As an artist, he pushes aesthetic boundaries to create simultaneously engaging and disquieting individual photographs as well as engaging series, websites, and films. His goal is to stimulate public awareness and mobilize action on behalf of the earth and its populations. Widely published and exhibited as a photographer, Balog is also a provider of data and visual evidence on climate and environmental change, particularly data generated by the Extreme Ice Survey that he created in 2007 to document and measure the retreat of glaciers around the world. All of Balog’s photographic essays relate to his conviction that human behavior is changing our globe and that, in turn, these changes are seriously impacting humanity.

This exhibition features more than 35 of Balog’s photographs from the 1980s to the present, it is organized into thematic sections on Survivors: Animals, Survivors: Trees, Altering Earth, On Fire, Techno Sapiens, and Vanishing Ice. 

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