Artist Biographies : Balog, James :
James Balog's distinctive images spring from a lifelong involvement with the outdoors and reflect his passionate quest to understand the complex relationship between humans and the environment.
Balog's provocative photographs have received widespread international acclaim. His book SURVIVORS: A NEW VISION OF ENDANGERED WILDLIFE was considered a major conceptual breakthrough in nature photography. For it, he received the Leica Medal of Excellence in 1990.
His photographs have been exhibited in prominent arts institutions from Paris and Greece to New York and Los Angeles. They are in dozens of public and private collections, including those of the Corcoran Gallery, the International Center of Photography (New York), the Centre Nationale de la Photographie (Paris), the Musée de l'Elysée (Switzerland), and the Gilman Paper Company. In 1996, he was the first photographer ever commissioned to create a sheet of stamps for the U.S. Postal Service.
He was twice the recipient of top honors from World Press Photo and has received the highest award in Graphis magazine's photography competition. Balog was among a select group of internationally renowned photographers chosen to work on A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMERICA and A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE SOVIET UNION. He is the author of ANIMAL, ANIMA, SURVIVORS: A NEW VISION OF ENDANGERED WILDLIFE, WILDLIFE REQUIEM, and the children's book, JAMES BALOG'S A TO Z.
James lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Suzanne and his daughters Simone and Emily.