Balog, James

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Balog, James Gender: M
James Balog Jr.
born on 15 July 1952 at 00:59 (= 12:59 AM )
Place Danville, Pennsylvania, 40n58, 76w37
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
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American photographer whose work explores the relationship between humans and nature. Since the early 1980s Balog has photographed such subjects as endangered animals, North America's old-growth forests, and polar ice. His work aims to combine insights from art and science to produce innovative, dynamic and sometimes shocking interpretations of our changing world.

Balog's best-known project explores the impact of climate change on the world's glaciers. In 2007 he initiated the Extreme Ice Survey, the most wide-ranging ground-based photographic glacier study ever conducted. National Geographic magazine showcased Balog's ice work in June 2007 and June 2010, and the project is featured in the 2009 NOVA documentary Extreme Ice as well as the 75-minute film Chasing Ice, which premiered in January 2012. Balog's book Ice: Portraits of the World’s Vanishing Glaciers summarizes the work of the Extreme Ice Survey through 2012.

In January 2016, Balog began production on a feature-length documentary film, exploring the environmental effects of the Anthropocene. Released as The Human Element, the film debuted in April 2018, co-presented by Green Film Fest, part of the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Balog has received many awards for his work. In 1996 he became the first photographer ever commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to create a full set of stamps. He is the author of seven books, including Extreme Ice Now: Vanishing Glaciers and Changing Climate: A Progress Report (2009), Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest (2004), and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife (1990).

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided copy of birth notice, The Danville Morning News (Danville, Pennsylvania), 15 July 1952, page 8.


  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work
  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession