Podcast: From Photojournalism to Fine Art-Three Photographers Document Climate Change

On the historic occasion of more than 150 heads of state gathering in one place on one day (Monday, in Paris, for COP2015) it’s fortuitous for us to be able to present an episode that recognizes photography's ongoing role in addressing our most serious concerns. We are pleased to have three photographers on the podcast, all with a wide body of work—in photojournalism, documentary, and fine art—discussing the photography they do in regard to climate change. From collaborative efforts to going it alone, international adventure to gaining the trust of small communities, aerial photography to dusty river beds, Ed Kashi, Greg Kahn, and Carolyn Monastra bring their distinctive approaches to the subject and agree that photography can play an important role in advocating for progress and that innovation will spring from addressing this issue facing us. 

Guests: Greg Kahn, Ed Kashi, Carolyn Monastra

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The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the individual guests and do not necessarily represent the views of B&H Photo.

Photos by Greg Kahn from the 3 Millimeters project

Photos by Carolyn Monastra from The Witness Tree project

A family of workers digs and sifts earth at a small gold-mining camp, near Takorasi, Ghana.

A gold trader in his office, in Takorasi, Ghana

Washing ethanol storage tanks at an organic sugar and ethanol plant, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil.

Photos by Ed Kashi



Host: Allan Weitz
Producer: John Harris
Engineer: Jason Tables
Executive Producers: Bryan Formhals, Mark Zuppe


Thank you all for this important discussion about the role of photographers in communicating about climate change, and your for illuminating work in this and related areas.  I think that it is incumbent on all photographers -- especially nature photographers -- to take on the responsibility to document and present their observations about this world-changing phenomenon. Visual imagery is a powerful tool, and we should not hesitate to use it http://cpmarkham.zenfolio.com

Craig...thanks for listening to the podcast and for the feedback.  Very much appreciated...