The G2 Gallery in Venice, California, rolled out the red carpet for Art this past weekend with a lovely catered event for his terrific new exhibit. It will run through August 1, 2010. And the show benefits the Natural Resources Defense Council
Special thanks to Burke board member Steve Whiston (www.fallenlog.com) for providing the photos
The gala opening of the International Conservation Photography Awards at Seattle’s Burke Museum On July 19th was a huge success. Well over 400 people attended and there were lines out the door. The Burke exceeded 1100 people over the course of the weekend.
The ICP Awards was founded in 1997 by Art Wolfe and the exhibit of more that 75 images, representing the best of conservation photography from around the world, will be on view through September 6th, 2010. If you can make it to Seattle it is a spectacular show and deserves to be seen in person! http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/. If you can’t, visit www.icpawards.com to view the Winners’ Galleries online. Congratulations to all the photographers!
Thank you for making this all possible:
Chris Gorley, ICP Awards Director
The entire Burke Museum team, led by Julie Stein, Executive Director, & Exhibition Curator Andrew Whitman for designing the show
The Art Wolfe, Inc. Staff
Washington Environmental Council
The Bullitt Foundation
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Art Wolfe, Inc.
Microsoft Icons of Imaging
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Blue Earth Alliance
International League of Conservation Photographers
And would you like to know what other participants are saying? Here are a few:
“I thoroughly enjoyed attending Art Wolfe’s recent presentation of “The Art of Composition” In NYC. His comparison of some of his photographs to works from various artists allowed me to better appreciate and understand his background and how he approaches his “art” of photography. Drawing from his thousands of images, I thought he did a great job of providing examples of what to look for when “composing” a photograph in the field. His use of sequences of various photos he took was also well presented as it allowed me to follow along in his thought process as he was actually taking the photographs.
Being able to hear Art speak in such an intimate setting and present so many of his wonderful photos from his many travels all over the world was a tremendous learning experience and a real treat. Unfortunately, my list of places I want to travel to has now grown significantly.
“First of all, this was one of the best seminars I have ever been to, and I go to a lot of them.
Art Wolfe is a great speaker. He was very engaging with the audience. And the lecture materials were used in a great way; he didn’t show only the right ways to take a photograph but also showed the common mistakes with examples.
After this experience I now consider to join to one of his international workshops because I know now how much I can learn from him. He is willing to share his techniques and experience with the participants .
Overall it was a great lecture, and I hope to see him more often in NY for similar seminars.”
“I am pleased to provide feedback on Art’s recent seminar, The Art of Composition, in New York.
I approach photography from a scientific background. I guess this is due to my career as a research chemist. I have a solid understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of photography, such as the interconnectedness of shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, etc. What I struggle with are the artistic aspects of photography. The elements of design, composition, perspective, color, leading lines, etc are my nemesis.
Art’s selections of lecture topics were precisely what I needed. His first lecture on inspiration linked photography subjects with styles of painting masters. While I could never come close to Art’s knowledge and appreciation of the masters, I could certainly see where he gets inspiration from these great artists, and I am beginning to look at the great art masterpieces with a new eye, ultimately toward how I can use their artistic creativity to strengthen my compositions.
Probably the most useful lectures for me were on deconstructing the image, deadly sins of composition, and elements of design. Art’s descriptions of the scene, coupled with presentation of the critical aspects of the design and composition in the photographs were very enlightening. Through Art’s prompting, I could see how the use of diagonal lines were critical to making certain images successful. Likewise, his explanations of the use of color as design elements with description of how he orchestrated a scene and its perspective to make use of these design elements were extremely helpful.
I found the sins of composition quite useful. While we always read about not placing your subject in the bulls-eye, not splitting your images with a horizon at the center, etc, it was very useful to see “bad photos” (if Art can take such a thing!) showing these sins, followed immediately by a more interesting shot of the same scene with a slightly different composition. It was also interesting to hear and see Art’s examples of when to violate these rules.
Through out the day, the seminar was filled with hundreds of exquisite images, candid and honest descriptions of how these images were created, and discussion of many photographic topics. Art’s warm, informal interpersonal style led to a great atmosphere for learning. Even though Art is easily on the top of the field, he is very approachable and easy to talk with. I liked the weekday class. It seems like life is so busy on the weekends that it is hard to get away for a day. It was much easier (and enjoyable) to take a day off of work! The venue in New York was very good, adequately sized, and in a good accessible location.
I was fortunate enough to attend Art’s Creative Session in the Lehigh Valley a few years ago, and look forward to attending more of his seminars (and maybe even a photography tour).”
Art Wolfe to Talk at Opening of Conservation Photography Exhibit at Burke Museum
Opening Day: International Conservation Photography Awards
Sat., June 19, 2010, 11 am – 4 pm
Seattle – A new summer exhibit at the Burke Museum opens on June 19 and will present the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards). The exhibit will remain on view until September 6, 2010.
On Opening Day, the Burke Museum will host renowned conservation photographer Art Wolfe for two afternoon talks titled “The Spirit of Conservation Photography.” Over the course of his 30-year career, Wolfe has captured stunning images of the world’s fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes, and cultures. 1997, Wolfe established the The International Conservation Photography Awards competition and has served as its guiding force ever since.
Also on Opening Day, Cynthia Hall, ICP Awards juror, will lead informal tours of the exhibit and discuss her responses to the photographs and address the question, “what makes a photograph award winning?”
Opening Day schedule
11 am – Exhibit tour with Cynthia Hall
12:15 pm – Exhibit tour with Cynthia Hall
1 pm – “The Spirit of Conservation Photography” with Art Wolfe
2:30 pm – “The Spirit of Conservation Photography” with Art Wolfe
International Conservation Photography Awards features over 75 of the best in conservation photographs from around the world in the following categories: Landscape, Flora, Wildlife, Underwater, Environment at Risk, Student, Community at Risk, which focuses on environmental threats to urban areas, Documenting a Conservation Project, which features images from photographers who have personal involvement in an ongoing conservation project, and Puget Sound at Risk, a regional category sponsored by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.
Announcing the Results of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Independent authors and publishers are passionate about getting their messages out, and they are changing the world, one book at a time.
Art is very pleased to be a contributing photographer to the iLCP’s Gold winner in the Environment/Ecology/Naturecategory, The Wealth of Nature: Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, and Human Well-Being, by Cristina G. Mittermeier, Jeffrey A. McNeely, Russell A. Mittermeier, Thomas M. Brooks, Frederick Boltz, Neville Ash. (CEMEX)
Special congratulations go to Amy Gulick for winning a Silver in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category for Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest (Braided River)
And to photographer James Martin for his special award for the book “Most Likely to Save the Planet”: Planet Ice: A Climate for Change, with essays by Yvon Chouinard, Gino Casassa, Richard Alley, Ian Stirling, Nick Jans, Broughton Coburn, and Gretel Ehrlich (Braided River)
On May 27, 2010, Art presented his multimedia show “Between Heaven and Earth” at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. This show would not have been possible without wonderful fan support and generous sponsorship by Donovan’s Kenmore Camera (www.kenmorecamera.com) and Canon USA (www.usa.canon.com). Even Tom Skerritt showed up to kindly introduce Art.