“Extreme Ice” at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry—through 2022

Through dramatic images and time-lapse video, Extreme Ice captures the pace of the world’s glaciers melting—and the immediacy of climate change.

James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey team travel to remote regions of the world to capture stunning images of our planet’s rapidly disappearing glaciers. These photographs and time-lapse videos are showcased in Extreme Ice, a temporary exhibit of this visual evidence of climate change in a unique and emotional presentation.

For more information, visit: https://www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/extreme-ice/

National Academies of Science October 2021 – March 2022

James Balog: Photographs from the Anthropocene” National Academies of Science and Engineering, October 2021 – March 2022

This is a worldwide tour of historic environmental photography. Sometimes symbolic, sometimes documentary, and always innovative, James Balog’s photographs and  ideas interpret how the environment has changed, what’s survived, and hint at how the future might look.


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James Balog has given multimedia presentations to hundreds of audiences large and small, including presentations at the White House; two U.S. Congressional briefings; the 2015 COP-21 United Nations Climate Change Congress and the 2009 COP-15 United Nations Climate Change Congress in Copenhagen; the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; the California Academy of Sciences; as well as presentations for corporations like Apple and Qualcomm, and universities like MIT, Cornell, and Boston College.

View James Balog’s TED talk


  • "This is a profound statement by a force of nature on the forces of nature. The scale, scope, and versatility of his vision is without compare."

    Dennis Dimick Emeritus editor for the environment, National Geographic
  • “James Balog is an adventurer with the great skill to make art from his exploits. To the mix, Jim adds being a terrific storyteller. It’s an excellent combination for a great lecture.”

    Anne Tucker Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • “A great and insightful talk!”

    Bruno Giussani European Director of TED Conferences, TEDGLOBAL2009 
  • “Risking life and limb, this photographer and filmmaker, mountaineer, author and prophet has gone to the top of the world to show us overwhelming evidence of what we’re doing to the environment.”

    Bill Moyers Moyers & Co.
  • “James’ presentations were outstanding and he was an enjoyable guest. Tickets for his main lecture when fast and he filled the house despite stiff competition from the Iowa basketball team’s appearance in the NIT finals that same evening.”

    University of Iowa
  • “Your provocative talk and stunningly gorgeous pictures were the toast of the California Academy of Sciences last night.”

    John Atwater CEO, Prime Group
  • “I’ve always found Jim to be an original and bold thinker and communicator. In his latest big project, he produced a multimedia lecture that, as I witnessed one afternoon, was so beautiful it brought some of his audience to tears.

    John Rasmus Editor in Chief, National Geographic Adventure
  • "The work of James Balog is stunning. His observational and investigative film and print work on our changing climate is novel, meaningful—and disturbing. His time-lapse footage documenting the changes in glaciers around the world provides clear evidence of the warming of planet Earth. Finally, Jim is using many public forums to share his mission, to raise awareness, and waken people to the dangers we face unless we take action to slow down climate change. Thank you, Jim, for your talent, passion, and sheer hard work."

    Dr. Jane Goodall