Photographs from the Arctic and Antarctica
ROSPHOTO presents an exhibition of works by American artist Diane Tuft (New York). In her work, Diane Tuft explores and develops the vital topic of climate change. By travelling to the most remote places throughout the world including both the North and South Poles, she has been able to document the visual effects of climate change on our planet.
The exhibition includes two series by the artist, dedicated to the coldest parts of the Earth: the Arctic and Antarctica.
In 2012, a grant from the National Science Foundation brought Diane Tuft to Antarctica for six weeks. The resulting series of photographs documents the dramatic natural landscape of this remote and ancient continent. Details of ice and rock are distilled into stunning forms for the viewer to consider anew.
The other series looks into the Arctic, which is melting faster than any other place in the world. Driven by her desire to create a comprehensive picture of the fragility of this region, Diane Tuft traveled by plane, boat and helicopter to the mountain glaciers of Svalbard, Norway, the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice, and the icebergs and ice sheet of Greenland during the summers of 2015 and 2016.
The photographs are both visual and scientific studies, conveying the subtle and violent atmospheric changes registered on the Antarctic landscape over millions of years. Tuft’s photographs capture the high levels of ultraviolet light in Antarctica and expose the visual effects of years of climate change.
Diane Tuft is a mixed media artist who has focused primarily on photography since 1998.
Tuft has always been fascinated by how environmental factors shape the Earth’s landscape, and capturing this through her camera has been a guiding principle in her work. By travelling to the most remote places throughout the world including both the North and South Poles, she has been able to document the visual effects of climate change and global warming on our planet.
Tuft is the author of three monographs, titled UNSEEN: Beyond the Visible Spectrum; Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land and The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape. She has had solo exhibitions at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, Southampton Center in Southampton, New York, Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, Marlborough Gallery in New York City, Ameringer-Yohe Gallery, and Pace Gallery in New York City. Her work is included in the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The International Center of Photography in New York City, The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, as well as numerous private collections.
Tuft lives and works in New York City.
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