“There’s a lot of people who either don’t understand climate change that well and the effects that it’s having, or they want to deny the effect it’s having. These pictures are worth a thousand words. We haven’t done anything to them except print them.”
“Although this stuff’s all very pretty,” Mr. Breashears said as he gazed around the Asia Society gallery, “it tells a very sad story.”
The work, part of his Glacier Research Imaging Project, paints a stark picture of climate change in the Himalayas, where some of the world’s largest subpolar ice reserves are found. It is difficult to ignore the contrast between an image of Kyetrak Glacier taken around 1921 and the same view in 2009.