Ice Portraits of vanishing glaciers

James Balog

Book - 2012

A collection of photographs documenting the current condition of glaciers around the world. Includes some comparison shots tracking changes in a glacier over time.

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New York, NY : Rizzoli c2012.
Item Description
"Extreme Ice Survey is a project of Earth Vision Trust."
"The photographs that inspired the internationally acclaimed, award-winning feature film Chasing ice"--Jacket.
Maps on endpapers.
Physical Description
287 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 x 34 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
James Balog (-)
Other Authors
Terry Tempest Williams (-)
  • Time now
  • Time passing
  • Transformation
  • Ice diamonds.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A collection of photographs documenting the current condition of glaciers around the world. Includes some comparison shots tracking changes in a glacier over time.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

This astonishing book is a production of James Balog and the Extreme Ice Survey, which sets up automatic cameras around the world to photograph arctic features daily over a period of years. The Survey works to document the movement of glaciers, the speed of winter ice-over and spring break-up in arctic climates, and the seasonal round, as a baseline for scientific study. It has also discovered the world's glaciers, snowcaps, and arctic ice are rapidly disappearing. Photographs from the same location on the same day a few years apart show large natural features have simply evaporated. However, the book's focus is not on these findings but the breathtaking beauty of Survey photographs, selected from hundreds of thousands in the database by the author. This is an art book; the text is confined to a brief introduction about the Survey, and a short and cogent afterward by Terry Tempest Williams. The rest is photographs in full color. On single-page or double-page spreads, they strike the eye with such power, and appeal with such subtlety, that viewers could scarcely imagine such epic materials and landscapes could disappear. Balog may hope readers will choose to protect something so extraordinary, or that photographs vivid and skillful enough, presented in a high enough quality format, can replace the originals. This book comes as close as anything can. A short index in the back offers small portraits of the varied personnel of the Survey: individuals, teams, and families at work and play on the ice. General readers, artists, nature or geology fans, people who live or play in winter landscapes, and photographers, regardless of scientific or political bent, will all value this book. Oversize: 13x12". Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A never-before-seen look into the forbidding environment of glaciers, this book celebrates a realm of magnificent endangered beauty. Since 2005, renowned nature photographer James Balog has devoted himself to capturing glaciers and documenting their daily changes. These stunning images are a celebration of some of the most extraordinary natural formations on earth, as well as a dramatic and timely demonstration of the stark consequences resulting from global warming&;from Alaska to Iceland to the Alps. As glaciologists for the Extreme Ice Survey, Balog and his team are conducting the most extensive glacier study ever, covering France, Switzerland, Iceland, Greenland, the United States (Alaska and Montana), Nepal, Bolivia, and Antarctica. Their high-resolution cameras capture approximately 4,000 images per year. From this collection of nearly half a million photos, Balog presents the most stunning panoramic photography of glaciers ever published.