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December 14, 2017




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BIOGRAPHIES OF PATAGONIA RAVE PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FILMMAKERS

JACK DYKINGA

Pulitzer Prize (1971 feature photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends large format landscape art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines. He has published nine, wilderness advocacy, large format books. His fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. His stunning archival prints will comprise a one-man show at the G2 gallery in Venice, California, which opened August 2008. Additionally, he has collaborated with Mexico’s Agrupacion Sierra Madre to help produce their latest book on the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, printed in both Spanish and English. He has also focused on Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande river corridor which appeared in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine. He remains a National Geographic contract photographer and his next assignment will appear soon. In April 2007, Jack and four other photographers: Thomas Mangelsen, U.S.A.; Patricio Robles Gil, Mexico; Fulvio Eccardi, Italy & Mexico; and Florien Schultz from Germany, became the first ever R.A.V.E. (rapid assessment visual expedition) for the International League of Conservation Photographers, to document the el Triunfo cloud forest in Chiapas, Mexico, drawing attention to the threatened habitat there.

JEFF FOOTT

Jeff is a California native who studied biology at San Jose State University. Following school he worked as a researcher at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories where he studied sea otters and published several scientific papers. Jeff has also worked as a park ranger in Yosemite National Park, a professional climbing guide and on the ski patrol at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Around 1970 his interests in photographing and filming nature and wildlife led to a new career direction. Since then he has filmed for Nova, National Geographic, BBC and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. His still images have appeared in hundreds of magazines including Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife and International Wildlife as well as numerous books.

DANIEL BELTRA

Daniel is a Spanish photographer based in Seattle. Daniel brings the sensibility and craft of a news photographer to the fields of nature and the environment, making images, which he hopes, will spur greater respect and conservation of those subjects. He has documented several expeditions by Greenpeace to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian Ice Fields, among many others. In 2006, Daniel received awards from the World Press Photo (WPP) and China International Press Photo contests for his work on drought in the Amazon. In 2007, he won again in the WPP for photos of the Amazon. In 2008, Daniel was awarded the inaugural "Global Vision Award" from the Pictures of the Year International contest for work in the Ross Sea and the Amazon. He also won in the NPPA BOP contest and the LUCIE awards. This year, Daniel was awarded the Prince's Rainforest Project given via the Sony World Photography Awards. The award, granted by Prince Charles, sent Daniel for three months to the Congo, Amazon and Indonesian rainforests to create photos for a book, website and traveling exhibition about the perilous fate that the world's rainforests face. Daniel is a fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

BRIDGET BESAW

As a photographer for newspapers including The New York Times, Bridget won numerous national press awards for stories on the depletion of natural resources. Bridget has contributed assignments for magazines such as Newsweek, Time, Smithsonian, Forbes, US News & World Report, National Geographic Adventure and Sports Illustrated. In 2009 she photographed 3 feature stories for Nature Conservancy Magazine, including the winter 09/10 cover story on climate change.

Her current focus is on producing imagery as a tool for environmental protection. Bridget works closely with environmental organizations to help them envision and then create in-depth photography projects that tell the story of how they are helping to create a sustainable global community. Bridget has produced a variety of outreach tools; from magazine photo essays to traveling exhibits to books and online multimedia films. Her projects have tackled issues such as development threats to northern Maine’s wilderness, loss of working farmland in New England, restoration of crucial salmon habitat in the North Pacific, threats to arid grasslands in South America, climate change research and prevention in the US and Indonesian forests and sustainable fisheries initiatives through-out the world. Bridget’s projects have been supported by The Nature Conservancy, The Maine Farmland Trust and Maine Coast Heritage Trust, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Blue Earth Alliance, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Kittredge Foundation.

In 2010 Bridget will present the workshop: People in Nature: Conservation Photojournalism at the Maine Media Workshops. Bridget is thankful for the generous support of Leica Camera Company, and is proud to have her archive represented by Aurora Photos. Bridget is an associate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. To see more of her work visit www.bridgetbesaw.com.

EDGAR BOYLES

Emmy award winning cameraman Edgar Boyles was Directory of Photography for the National Geographic Special on PBS: The Secrets of Shangri La, which aired November 18, 2009. Edgar filmed the documentary in the remote Northwest corner of Nepal, in the kingdom of Mustang, where an intact medieval culture continues to function on the fringes of ecological capability. Edgar joined archeologists, anthropologists, art experts and a team of climbers to access high altitude caves that contained recently discovered Ancient Buddhists texts and art, which have challenged previous assumptions regarding the origins of Buddhist influence in that region.

In the spring of 2005, when scientist Konrad Steffen and Jay Zwally from NASA collected the data recording the previous winter's temperatures they were shocked to discover that the reality of global warming had appeared faster than their most liberal predictions. Edgar Boyles filmed their shattering discovery in the PBS Nova film Fastest Glacier: Greenland’s Glaciers and the effects of Global warming.

1996 was the deadliest year in the history of climbing on Mt. Everest claiming the lives of fifteen experienced climbers and guides. In 1997 Nova examined the physiology of high altitude climbers in its film The Death Zone, and Edgar Boyles filmed David Breashears, Pete Athans and Ed Vestiers to try to understand the science behind high altitude performance and survival at Mt. Everest.

Green Peace elucidated the affects of illegal whaling by showing the process to the public on film. Edgar Boyles was chosen to join the boarding party of the Russian whaling ship, the Doni Vostok, which The Green Peace boat the Ohani Kai had tracked down in the North Pacific, 800 miles south of the Aleutian Islands. Edgar filmed the onboard confrontation between the Green Peace activists and the Russian whalers.

Archeologist, Johan Reinhardt investigated the Inca practices of capacocha or ritual sacrifice to ensure enough rainfall from the Peruvian volcanoes to sustain agriculture in the high altitude valleys below. Edgar Boyles filmed the discovery and excavation of pre- Columbian mummies on the 20,000' Andean peak, named Sera Sera for the BBC documentary, Inca Ice Mummies.

Edgar's interests in land conservation and preservation of wilderness have extended from worldwide travels, to protection of areas close to his home in Western Colorado. He has worked with wilderness advocates who deeply regret the loss of Glen Canyon and hopes the Rio Baker and Rio Pasqua will not suffer similar consequences.