33° extends across campus, with photo murals of polar landscapes and animals—by Becker, Seaman, James Balog, Jean de Pomereu, and Iain Brownlie Roy—exhibited on the exterior of university buildings.
Through his research in geomorphology and geography as well as his 35-year-long career in photography, James Balog has become an international advocate for the environment, specializing in signs of human impact and climate change. His numerous books cover topics ranging from glaciers to endangered wildlife to trees, but after founding the Extreme Ice Survey—a wide-ranging photographic study of glaciers—Balog went on to serve as a US/NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in 2009 and present on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council in 2015. He and his team have been featured in the 2012 internationally acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice as well as the 2009 PBS NOVA special, Extreme Ice and numerous features in National Geographic.
Iain Brownlie Roy
In the words of Iain Brownlie Roy, “To witness awesome natural phenomena first hand is a privilege,” one that “reminds us of our place in the scheme of things.” Roy has been an outspoken and poetic environmentalist since adolescence and his prolific career in landscape photography has reassessed ideas of “golden ages,” taxonomies, and assumptions that human culture must dominate nature. Since 1982, Roy has been traveling to Greenland to photograph glaciers and eventually founded the British North East Greenland Group. The groups summer explorations of remote corners of the fjord region of North East Greenland resulted in a major publication of black and white photos, Beyond the Imaginary Gates. Turning his attentions to digital photography, Roy has most recently been working on documenting the iconic Northwest Highlands near his home in Scotland.
Jean de Pomereu
For Jean de Pomereu, Antarctica is an “icon of international cooperation, a climate archive, an early warning system, observation platform to the cosmos, ground zero of earthly complexity—idea, as much as place.” First visiting in 2003, Pomereu has returned to Antarctica numerous times in both artistic and scientific capacities—as the official photographer for artist Lita Albuquerque’s Stellar Axis, and as the first foreigner to accompany the Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition. Holding a PhD in Historical Geography and a Masters degree in Polar Studies, de Pomereu lectures on the cultural and scientific history of the Antarctic. His photographs of Antarctica have been exhibited in galleries and museums in France, Belgium, Spain, the UK, the US, China and New Zealand.