NEW YORK, September 16, 2014 - In conjunction with the UN General Assembly's focus on climate change, photographers Ian Teh and David Breashears present their images from the frontiers of global warming in a discussion with Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations. (1 hr., 29 min.)
David Breashears is executive director and founder of GlacierWorks. Since 1979, Breashears has combined his skills in mountaineering and photography to become an acclaimed adventure filmmaker, leading over 40 expeditions to the Himalayan region and working on dozens of documentary film projects. Breashears has produced and photographed films for the PBS series “NOVA” and “FRONTLINE” and for National Geographic Television, the BBC, ABC, NBC, and Universal Pictures. He was producer, director, and expedition leader of the IMAX film Everest, the most successful large-format film of all time. He is the recipient of numerous awards for achievement in filmmaking, including four Emmy awards. Breashears has reached the summit of Mount Everest five times.
Tom Nagorski became Executive Vice President of the Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News. Before that he was Foreign Editor for World News Tonight, and a reporter and producer based in Russia, Germany and Thailand. Nagorski was the recipient of eight Emmy awards and the Dupont Award for excellence in international coverage, as well as a fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has written for several publications and is the author of Miracles on the Water: The Heroic Survivors of a World War II U-Boat Attack.
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, is an author, journalist, and former Dean and Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written widely for many magazine and newspapers, including the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Time, the New Republic, Harpers, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the China Quarterly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Schell is a Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ian Teh has published three monographs, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). His work is part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Hood Museum in the USA. Selected solo shows include the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2004, Flowers in London in 2011 and the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam in 2012.
He has received several honours, including the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography and the Emergency Fund from the Magnum Foundation. In 2013 he was elected by the Open Society Foundations to exhibit in New York at the Moving Walls Exhibition. In 2010, the acclaimed literary magazine Granta published a 10-year retrospective of his work in China.