Frans Lanting has been hailed as one of the great photographers of our time, with his influential work appearing in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. His photographs have been commissioned frequently by National Geographic. As The New Yorker writes, “No one turns animals into art more completely than Frans Lanting”. Frans will be joined by his wife and partner Chris Eckstrom, an award-winning writer, editor, and videographer who has spent the past 25 years working with Frans all over the world.
Their talk will cover Frans’ career but will primarily focus on his and Chris’ latest project – Bay of Life. According to a study by The Nature Conservancy, California’s Monterey Bay is the hottest hot spot for biodiversity in North America. Yet a hundred years ago the region was more like a hotspot of ecological collapse. Onshore, the Santa Cruz Mountains had been largely clearcut and there were few redwood trees left standing. Offshore, the marine resources of the bay had been decimated by whalers, sealers, and fishers. The recovery of Monterey Bay since then is a remarkable environmental success story that shows damaged ecosystems can be restored when people care and act together. It is a story of hope as we are faced with new challenges ranging from expanding inclusivity and diversity to improving natural resource stewardship, extending habitat connectivity, and mitigating the impacts of climate change so that people and nature can thrive together.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by TPS Communications Director Alex Snyder. One lucky participant will win a signed print from Frans Lanting made with Epson technology!