Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment will present the award to James this month at the Griffith Film Theater on the Duke University campus.
“As a photographer, James Balog inspires us to action for the environment through both shock and awe. His shocking pictorial record of change in the Arctic brings home the realities of climate change in a way that scientific facts and figures cannot. His awe-inspiring documentation of the beauty and grandeur of the natural world can reach deep down into our very being and profoundly connect us to the natural world,” said Nicholas School Dean William L. Chameides. “The LEAF Award selection committee was impressed not only by Balog’s artistry, but also the scientific significance of his work and the visceral emotional punch it can deliver.”
The Duke LEAF has been given annually since 2009 to an artist whose work lifts the human spirit by conveying our profound connections to the Earth, inspiring others to help forge a more sustainable future for all. Past recipients are Robert Redford, Jackson Browne, Barbara Kingsolver, John Sayles and Alexander McCall Smith.