Oakland - Camille Seaman discusses & signs "Melting Away"
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Camille Seaman to the store to discuss and sign her new book, Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey Through Our Endangered Polar Regions, on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm. Joining her in conversation will be Richard Whittaker.
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 faces 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.
Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. She graduated in 1992 from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and has since taken master workshops with Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, and Paul Fusco. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Italian Geo, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Outside, Zeit Wissen, Men's Journal, Camera Arts, German Geo among many others. Camille Seaman lives in Emeryville, California, and takes photographs all over the world using digital and film cameras in multiple formats. She works in a documentary/fine art tradition. She lectures globally about her work and experiences.
Richard Whittaker is the co-founder, with Rue Harrison, of the non-profit Society for the ReCognition of Art and founding editor of the magazine works & conversations. He is also the West Coast editor of Parabola magazine. Although Whittaker has a background in philosophy and clinical psychology and has done graduate work at the GTU in Berkeley, his connections with art go back over forty years including photography, ceramics, painting and sculpture.
Check out a "Works & Conversations" interview between Richard Whittaker and Camille Seaman here.