Creative Fellowship awarded to acclaimed photographer Media Release

Sep 21, 2012 - 9:30am

Critically acclaimed photographer Michael Hall has been awarded The Climate Institute’s first Creative Fellowship to allow him to continue a long-term project documenting one of today’s greatest challenges and put a human face on the risks and opportunities of climate change. 

“While Australia has been stuck in a toxic political debate and scare campaigns about laws that price and limit carbon pollution, the threat of climate change hasn’t gone away. Globally we continue to see unprecedented extreme weather events and record low levels of ice in the Arctic, continuing a trend that began in the 1990s. This serves as a stark reminder of why strong and decisive action is necessary – something that Michael’s images are also a reminder of,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.  

“This Creative Fellowship and our support for Michael’s work reflect our commitment to finding innovative ways to share the urgency of action on climate change and supporting excellence in applied research and effective communications.”  

He added: “The appeal of Michael’s photographs is that they make the reality of climate change tangible. They localize the issue and give it personal relevance.” 

“We’ve been inundated with negativity and stuck in a vitriolic debate over details. The fact remains, climate change hasn’t gone away. A photograph speaking to that truth is worth more than a thousand words.” 

Hall is a Sydney-based photographer with more than 20 years of experience. A near fatal cycling accident with a semi-trailer in 2007 and a life-changing period of recovery, reflection and inspiration led him to start a climate change project.  

Widely exhibited to date and having received praise from the likes of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the fully-realised project will include over 300 photographs captured in 40 international destinations and portraying the range of issues affected by climate change. 

“Images, like nothing else, cut through the rhetoric of politics, written word and speech,” said Hall, whose Fellowship at The Climate Institute is being supported by philanthropic funding. 

Theatre director Michael Kantor, who with his wife Silvia is helping support the Creative Fellowship, said: “We think the graphic representation of climate change is a critical element of communications, one that is not used often enough. It is especially important now when the debate has become so decoupled from people’s daily lives, that we remind ourselves that it is exactly daily life as we know it that climate change threatens.”   

With The Climate Institute, Hall will extensively photograph climate impacts and stories throughout Australia and also China. He is writing a blog on this work, which can be accessed here and more of his work can be accessed here

For more information
Kristina Stefanova | Communications Director, The Climate Institute | 02 8239 6299

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