Thursday, January 17, 2019

Don't argue climate change. A Madison photojournalist is showing it.

Madison is home base for the globe-trotting, award-winning photojournalist Michael Kienitz.
His traditional photography has appeared in Life, Time, and Newsweek, and other major publications worldwide and his work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe. He was an instructor of photojournalism in the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work has been disseminated world wide by various photo agencies including Contact Press Images, Black Star, Picture Group and Mercury Pictures.
Lucky for Madison and the rest of us that Kienitz has turned his attention and lenses towards Iceland's disappearing glaciers.

A website hosted by the Icelandic National Park where Kienitz recorded images explains his decision:
It all happened 5 years ago, when Kienitz was visiting Iceland for the first time. He was on a guided tour to see the ice caves, when the guide took out his phone to share a gorgeous photo of an ice cave. The guide told him that two years ago, the glacier was where he stood. Iceland’s glacial ice is melting, due in large part to climate change. That is what inspired Kienitz to capture the landscape before it vanishes.
This dramatic, alarm-sounding story - - "Iceland's Vanishing Beauty" - - is on display in exquisite color reproductions exclusively through February 3 at the Chazen Museum of Art, 750 University Ave., Madison, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-5, Thursday, 9-9, Saturday and Sunday, 11-5.

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