Nearly 90 years ago, George Mallory explored the vast glaciers of Mount Everest in Tibet, photographed the landscape and documenting the view. When David Breashears, traveled to the same remote Himalayan scenery a few years ago, he photographed the glaciers from the same position Mallory did, and found that more than 330 vertical feet of the Rongbuk Glacier had melted since then, where grand peaks had once been.
The photographs Breashears brought back provided evidence of climate change, and are places in the multimedia exhibition in front of smaller images by Chinese photographers that document coal mines in China- the leading cause of climate change according to many scientists. This exhibition, Coal+Ice by Asia Society, is a call-to-action attempt regarding the long-term impact of humanity’s implacable thirst for energy, industrialization and economic development.
It becomes common knowledge that coal-burning causes global warming, but seeing photographs of the causes in front of the effects, coal-mines in front of mountains’ glaciers- fire and ice together, delivers the message much stronger.
The exhibition is shown at the Vanke Center, Xuhui District, Shanghai until March 1st. You can see a video of the exhibit here, or check their official book with pictures and stories at the NYUSH World Library on the second floor of the Academic Building.
Photos Courtesy of Nofar Hamrany, David Breashears, Clifford Ross, Nadav Kander, Geng Yunsheng, Bruce Davidson, George Mallory, and Builder Levy.