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Melting Away: Images of the Arctic and Antarctic

Melting Away: Images of the Arctic and Antarctic

Princeton Architectural Press

By Camille Seaman


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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, lifeaffirming 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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Size: 10.625 x 8.5 in;
Pages: 160 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: December 2014
ISBN: 9781616892609
Seaman is a TED Senior Fellow whose 2011 TED Talk has been viewed more than 400,000 times.

Seaman’s photographs have been published in numerous magazines, including National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, and Newsweek. Her photographs were showcased in a one-person show at Washington D.C.’s National Academy of Sciences in 2008.

Seaman lives in Emeryville, California, and lectures globally about her work and experiences.

Media Reviews

★“This book is astounding proof of the critical role the pictorial arts have in awaking people to the consequences of climate change….a relief from the shouted rhetoric that so often accompanies conversation on climate change. A sterling addition to all photography collections.” —Library Journal, starred review

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