Coal + Ice: a new exhibit at Three Shadows

Chinese coal miner, from a series titled “Zhenxiong, YiLeung and Zhaotong, Yunnan Province,” in the exhibition “Coal + Ice” at the Three Shadows gallery in Beijing. Photo by Geng Yunsheng

A new multimedia exhibition, sponsored by The Asia Society, at Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing focuses on the visual record of climate change in China.  The exhibit features photographs by David Braeshears from his many climbing expeditions in the Himalaya Mountains and Tibetan Plateau.  Braeshears’ images focus on the phenomenon of shrinking glaciers, in some cases by comparing contemporary images with photographs taken by mountaineers like George Mallory some 90 years earlier.  Also featured are images of Chinese coal miners, such as the one above by Geng Yunsheng.  Emissions from coal burning of course are one of the leading sources of the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and China’s economy remains highly dependent on its vast reserves of coal.  The exhibition is one of the first of its kind in China:  focusing on China’s precarious dependence on coal to slake its thirst for energy, and the environmental costs of that dependence for Tibet, China, and the rest of the world.  The New York Times has an article on the exhibit here, and Edward Wong also writes about it in his Green blog on science and environmental issues.

The Asia Society also has a site devoted to David Braeshears’ photographs, including a video interview with him about the project, and Leslie Kaufman has written about it in the Green blog as well.

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