Gary Braasch (1944-2016)

GaryBraasch2010Gary Braasch (1944-2016) passed away on March 7 while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. Gary was a founding NANPA board member, 2003 NANPA Outstanding Photographer of the Year and a NANPA Fellow. He was also a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and Nikon “Legend behind the Lens.” Gary received Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography in 2006 and was named an influential nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer magazine in 2010. In addition to his many contributions to national and international magazines, he was a frequent teacher at the Maine Media Workshop and created many museum exhibits. We asked some of Gary’s friends and associates to share some words on this very special photographer and conservationist who will be greatly missed.—The Editors


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PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT: Climate Change

Text and photos by Gary Braasch

 

R/V Nathaniel Palmer, largest research icebreaker of the US National Science Foundation, cruises through small ice in pre-dawn light near the Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula, April 1999.

R/V Nathaniel Palmer, the largest research icebreaker of the US National Science Foundation, cruises through small ice in pre-dawn light near the Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula, April 1999. Braasch’s first trip to Antarctica yielded this image, which became the opening spread in Discover magazine.

It’s been sixteen years since I was sitting in a tent on the foggy Alaska tundra with fellow photographer Gerry Ellis and had the idea to photograph climate change science. It might have been just an idle idea borne of boredom.  But, using my connections from previous assignments documenting nature science and after a review of what scientists were learning about global warming but which was not being well photographed, I broached the idea with some editors.  Continue reading