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This evening, the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams is scheduled to air a feature on a unique photographic project called the Extreme Ice Survey. Organized by nature and adventure photographer James Balog, the EIS project used time-lapse and conventional photography to record how terrifyingly fast the planet’s glaciers are melting. As Balog notes, photography will provide the irrefutable visual evidence of the results of global warming. And it will do it in a way that will affect people emotionally.

Balog’s images of the retreating glaciers have already begun appearing in magazines, including National Geographic and in American Photo’s September/October issue, “Assignment: Earth.” Balog has a track-record of meaningful fine-art and documentary work, but his Extreme Ice Survey may be the most important work he’s done yet.
–David Schonauer