Coal + Ice

24 September - 28 November 2011

Curators: Susan Meiselas and Jeroen de Vries

Exhibition Design: Jeroen de Vries

Executive Producer: Orville Schell, Asia Society


Participating Photographers:

Alfredo D'Amato, Bruce Davidson, Builder Levy, Cameron Davidson, Clifford Ross, Daniel Shea, David Breashears, David Hurn, David Seymour, Geng Yunsheng, George Mallory, Gleb Kosorukov, Ian Teh, Jimmy Chin, Jonas Bendikson, Lewis Hine, Major Edward O. Wheeler, Nadav Kander, Niu Guozheng, Robert Capa, Robert Wallis, Song Chao, Stuart Franklin, Thomas Hoepker, Vittorio Sella, W. Eugene Smith, Wang Mianli, Wu Qi, Yang Junpo, Yu Haibo, Yang Shaobin

Participating Agencies & Galleries: China Features / China Photo Archive, Magnum Photos, m97 Gallery, Panos Pictures, Visu Artists


"Coal + Ice" is a documentary photography exhibition featuring the work of 30 photographers from China, the United States, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom, whose work, brought together here, visually narrates the hidden chain of actions triggered by mankind’s use of coal.


This photographic arc moves from deep within the coal mines to the glaciers of the greater Himalaya where greenhouse gasses are warming the high altitude climate.  As these mighty glaciers melt at an accelerated pace, the great rivers of Asia that flow from the Tibetan Plateau into the oceans are disturbed, and the lives of billions of people downstream are disrupted.