About the Exhibition

Coal + Ice is a documentary photography exhibition featuring the work of 30 photographers from China, the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom, whose work, brought together here, visually narrates the hidden chain of actions triggered by mankind’s use of coal.

This photographic arc moves from deep within the coal mines to the glaciers of the greater Himalaya where greenhouse gasses are warming the high altitude climate.  As these mighty glaciers melt at an accelerated pace, the great rivers of Asia that flow from the Tibetan Plateau into the oceans are disturbed, and the lives of billions of people downstream are disrupted.

Participating photographers: Alfredo D’Amato, George Mallory, Robert Wallis, Bruce Davidson, Gleb Kosorukov, Song Chao, Builder Levy, Ian Teh, Stuart Franklin, Cameron Davidson, Jimmy Chin, Thomas Hoepker, Clifford Ross, Jonas Bendikson, Vittorio Sella, Daniel Shea, Lewis Hine, W. Eugene Smith, David Breashears, Major Edward O. Wheeler, Wang Mianli, David Hurn, Nadav Kander, Wu Qi, David Seymour, Niu Guozheng, Yang Junpo, Yang Shaobin, Geng Yunsheng, Robert Capa and Yu Haibo

Participating Agencies, Galleries and Organizations: GlacierWorks, China Features / China Photo Archive, Magnum Photos, m97 Gallery, Panos Pictures, Visu Artists, Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s., the Royal Geographical Society, the National Archives, and Long March Space.

Curators: Susan Meiselas and Jeroen de Vries

Exhibition Design: Jeroen de Vries

Executive Producer: Orville Schell, Asia Society

Coal+Ice is a project of the Asia Society’s Center on US-China Relations and was originally presented at Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing, China.

Tour Schedule:

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, No. 155A Caochangdi, Beijing, China
September 24 – December 28, 2011

The Resnick Gallery, Doerr-Hosier Center, The Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado, USA
June 9 – August 31, 2012

Vanke Xuhui Center, 55 Ding An Road, Shanghai, China
November 10, 2015 – February 2016

For more information, email Leah Thompson

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