Gary Braasch is a world renowned environmental photojournalist who creates photographs dealing with and documenting nature, the environment, biodiversity and global warming. Braasch has his photographs and his assignment articles published in Time, LIFE, Discover, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Scientific American and the United Nations among numerous others. Braasch has received many awards with his photography. He has received the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club as well as the Outstanding Nature Photographer citation from the North American Nature Photography Association. His most recent one was received in 2010 and he was named as one of the Forty Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography Magazine.

Besides his photography about biodiversity, nature, the environment and global warming, he is also an author. He wrote a book titled, Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World. It was noted by Al Gore that it’s “Essential reading for every citizen.” Braasch has been working most on his World View of Global Warming project, which was started in the year 2000. This project is about the documentation of the effects of rapid climate change. Braasch was the first photojournalist who traveled and journeyed around the world, including China, Australia, Tuvalu, Antarctica, the Arctic and the great mountains of the world. In all his traveling he documented the climate science and the effects of change. Till this day he is still currently working on his World View of Global Warming project. He has a new emphasis on rephotographing the rapid changes and on the solutions which will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions. Braasch’s book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World was first published in 2007 and he has been updating it in a paperback edition and also made it available to the people who like reading books online.

Braasch had an exhibit of his work “Climate Change In Our World” premier at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC in November of 2009. The exhibition ran for five months, photographs also from this exhibit have been exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences and the Koshland Museum of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. His images from this projects and other projects make up the 2007 calendar published by the united Nations Rio Conventions (climate change, biodiversity and anti-desertification), which was presented at the UN Climate Talks in Nairobi. In 2008 The United Nations used Braasch’s images exclusively for a set of six stamps about climate change.

I chose to do my artist assignment on Gary Braasch because of the simple fact at how beautiful his work is. He also seems to be a very interesting photographer and his choice of subject matter is different. In the photos i have posted of him, he took a photo at one point and I’m assuming a few years later her went back to see the impact the world, the climate and the global warming has impacted each area. It’s very creative to come up with something like that. His work is great and continues to grow and grow creatively and informationally. His photographs have a huge impact in showing what the world was like before and what it’s like now.
http://www.braaschphotography.com/index.html

-Kristy Siciliano

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3 responses »

  1. Great photos and they make so much more of a impact because of the before and now side by side I thought that was a great idea.

  2. Bianca Pol says:

    The before and after idea is brilliant and also really depressing.

  3. Daniel Hanks says:

    The idea of taking a photograph, and then waiting years to record a change is very interesting. It must take a lot of time for Gary Braasch just to complete one project.

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