Friday, December 01, 2006

Thin Ice

Photographers take on the current environmental crisis

by Leslie Camhi @ Village Voice

It was an uncannily balmy day in late November when I visited Ectopia, a lively survey of work by some 40 artists from 14 countries who address, at times obliquely or through local case studies, the current environmental crisis. Take Shishmaref, for example, a small village on an Alaskan island, home to 491 Inupiat Eskimos whose way of life is threatened by global warming. In Gilles Mingasson's photographs (included here in a deeply affecting slide show of work by photojournalists on the front lines of ecological catastrophes) they hunt for seal on ever thinning ice, beside a coastline that is rapidly eroding.


Ectopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video
International Center of Photography
1133 Sixth Avenue
Through January 7

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