Topic: Environment

BAFFIN ISLAND, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 5  A polar bear collapses on the ground after being shot by Inuit hunters in Baffin Island, Canada on Sept. 5, 2013. The Inuit in Canada have traditionally hunted polar bears for subsistence and income to provide for their families, given the high cost of living in isolated regions of northern Canada, and continue to do so to this day with the blessing of the government. To them, the polar bear hunt provides a much needed lifeline to impoverished Inuit families, many of whom face a wide range of social issues stemming from the forced removal from their traditional way of life and systematic assimilation into sedentary communities. However, the United States and many environmental groups list the polar bear as a threatened species, and have pushed for a global ban on the commercial trade of their fur, meat, and body parts. Canada, which is host to roughly 80% of the world's global polar bear population, insists that there has been no noticeable decline.  (Ed Ou/Reportage by Getty Images)
Photo Essay

Crimson on White: Hunting the Polar Bear

The images of a polar bear hunt will be hard to view, but life in Canada’s impoverished Inuit communities is just as hard

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Sebastião Salgado—Amazonas/Contact Press Images
Out There

In the Beginnings: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis

The legendary Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado spent much of the past nine years trekking to the last wild places on earth to take the pictures collected in his new photography book, Genesis.

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David Maisel—INSTITUTE/Courtesy of Steidl
Out There

Uncharted Territories: Black Maps by David Maisel

The allure of the American West has captivated photographers since the earliest days of the medium. David Maisel’s latest book, Black Maps, chronicles more than 25 years of observing the land from a god-like perspective and an obsession with environmental destruction.

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Lucas Foglia
Out There

A Natural Order by Lucas Foglia

For the past five years the Yale-trained artist has been photographing a network of off-the-grid communities in the southeastern United States. The work has just been published in his first monograph by Nazraeli Press.

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Edward Burtynsky
Out There

Edward Burtynsky’s View From Above

The photographer, famous for exploring the effects of industry on nature, is being honored with twin New York City exhibitions this fall.

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Chiara Goia for TIME
Photo Essay

Travels Through Islam: Memory of the Maldives

The Maldives are becoming a memory—a place in continuous transformation into its own duality: a touristic, heavenly escape from usual life and a fervent Islamic country with an interesting political and social history. Chiara Goia photographs the lowest lying country in the world as it slowly disappears.

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Courtesy Alejandro Chaskielberg / Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
Out There

Alejandro Chaskielberg’s The High Tide

Argentinian artist Alejandro Chaskielberg recreates everyday scenes of the Paraná River Delta Region people in surrealist photographs lit by moonlight, flashlights, strobes and lanterns.

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J Henry Fair
Out There

Terribly Beautiful: Industrial Pollution Seen From Above

A year after the oil spill in the Gulf, a new book and exhibit by photographer J Henry Fair remind us that spectacular scenes of industry’s assault on the natural environment are not the exception but the rule.

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