Our Sublime but Vulnerable World: The Photography of Camille Seaman
February 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Rm. 200, Hewlett Teaching Center - Map Link
Free and open to the public.
For more than a decade, internationally celebrated photographer Camille Seaman has documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth’s polar regions. Her large format photographs of icebergs that appeared in her prize-winning book, Melting Away, are both sublime and intriguingly intimate because, as she says, “I treat these as portraits of individuals, much like family photos of my ancestors. I seek a moment in their life in which they convey their unique personality.” This remarkable work was followed by a second book, The Big Cloud, in which Seaman manages to portray immense supercell storms on the Great Plains as spectacular individual “portraits,” each one with a distinct personality. Seaman’s ability to personalize the landscape derives, she believes, from her Shinnecock tribal heritage, which taught her from an early age to recognize all living beings—trees, spiders, fish, and even ice—as individual members of one, enormous family.
One of Camille Seaman’s photographs will be featured in the group exhibition The Sheltering Sky, which will be available to view at the Palo Alto Art Center from January 19 to April 7. For more information about the exhibit, please visit the Art Center’s website.
Camille Seaman, Photographer; Senior TED Fellow; John S. Knight Fellow, Stanford
Camille Seaman is a photographer whose work focuses on the fragile environments, extreme weather, and stark beauty of the natural world—from the deep grays of supercell storm clouds to the shocking blue of icebergs. She strongly believes in capturing photographs that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. Her work has been featured globally in publications, including National Geographic, Time, and The New York Times. She has received many awards, including a National Geographic Award and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award.