Environmental Studies Welcomes
24 Sep 2012, 4 pm, RNS 410
"Science on Ice: Photographing Polar Expeditions"
Christopher Linder, Research Associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and
International League of Conservation Photographers - awarding winning photographer/digital multi-media artist.
Abstract: "Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised," wrote Apsley Cherry-Garrard of his time with the 1910 Scott expedition to the South Pole. And that's how most of us still imagine polar expeditions: stolid men with ice riming their beards risking death for scientific knowledge. But polar science has evolved over the past century. Using images from his book Science on Ice and recent expeditions with St. Olaf faculty and students to Siberia, photographer Chris Linder will explore how modern researchers make landmark discoveries while enduring some of the harshest environments on earth.
See Chris' work at:
International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP)
Chris Linder communicates science in the field from the Congo to Siberia using photography and multimedia. After earning a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in oceanography, he spent three years in Spain working as a US Navy meteorology officer and cultivating his photography skills. He then returned to Woods Hole, where his passions for science and photography came together. Since 2002, he has photographed over thirty science expeditions, including sixteen to the polar regions. His images have appeared in museums, books, and magazines, including Geo, Outdoor Photographer, Smithsonian, and Wired. His solo exhibit titled Exploring the Arctic Seafloor debuted at the Field Museum and traveled to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the MIT Museum. He is the author of Science on Ice: Four Polar Expeditions (University of Chicago Press, 2011) and The Photographer’s Guide to Cape Cod and the Islands (Countryman Press, 2007). He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers.