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The Human Face of Climate Change (6 Photos)

The Human Face of Climate Change (6 Photos)

All photos © Mathias Braschler & Monika Fischer. Above: Peru, Juliana Pacco

In 2009, Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer  traveled to sixteen countries around the world, taking photographs of and conducting interviews with people whose existence is threatened by the consequences of climate change. One of the greatest floods in the history of his region destroyed the home and business owned by Yang Gengbao and his wife in the Chinese province of Guangxi. The drying up of Lake Chad means that Abakar Maydocou Mahamat can no longer earn his livelihood as a fisherman. Margaret Aliurtuq Nickerson from western Alaska will soon have to leave her village, Newtok, since the ground is thawing, causing homes and streets to sink. Braschler and Fischer’s new book, The Human Face of Climate Change published by Hatje Cantz, will be released this Fall in the US.  The project will also travel in exhibition form to the Bermuda National Gallery in Hamilton, Bermuda and Coalmine Fotogalerie in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Russland. Awetik-und-Ludmila-Nasarian-mit-ihrer-Tochter-Liana

Mali. Gouro Modi mit-seinem Sohn Dao

Australia. Michael Fischer.

USA. Chris Brower.

 Switzerland. Christian Kaufmann.

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  1. Required reading of the book and attendance at the show for every card-carrying member of the Republican Party. Especially Tea Party whackadoos. Thank you for showing us these beautiful photos. What we stand to lose, definitely.

  2. In recent years, the impact of climate change in Vietnam includes floods, drought, cold fronts, typhoons, salinization and generally erratic climatic conditions. These together with anthropogenic impacts affected marine and terrestrial ecosystems with loss of life or livelihood and degraded natural habitats. OXFAM reports Vietnam as one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change.

  3. Beautiful photos, but really, the climate change thing is rediculous. Yes, climate change is occurring, but is this not natural? Nature is a volitile beast, but over-population of our planet by human beings who cannot support their kids, and live near disaster areas is disgraceful and ignorant.

  4. During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the US government blew off and scores of nuclear bombs and where did the debris go? Into the atmosphere. Does anyone comment about the capacity of nuclear fallout to destroy ozone layers? Mmmm, Al Gore where are you? Wasn’t the government behind all that?

  5. The images are beautiful but I think the lighting adds a surreal quality that detracts from the proclaimed issue. I think Mark Edwards done it better in his Hard Rain series. No offence. T

  6. Nuclear fallout affecting ozone layers?? Really? Please … the planet has been continually changing its climate, axis of tilt, and an array of other large scale environmental variables, long before we go on scene.

    This is stupid science at its best. We take a few hundreds years of spotty environmental data and fail to be able to compare it to the millions of years of largely unknown and not understood years of natural history on this planet and try to draw conclusions?

    Now, onto the photos. They are good, but can stand a bit of explanation. I suppose that is what the book does. PDN should have chosen some self explanatory shots for this venue. Three people sitting in an apartment hardly tell a story of environmental concern.

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