About Klaus Echle
Klaus Echle (*1964) is a trained chef, educated forestry engineer and has been working as a forest warden in Freiburg im Breisgau since 2002. He is also a passionate wildlife and nature photographer, who wishes to present behavioural patterns, ecological context, the relationship between humans and nature, endangered species and habitats in a visually appealing and artistic way. The local wildlife of the Black Forest region is especially dear to him.
In this lecture I would like to present my project Glacier, which is dedicated to the unique beauty of Icelandic glaciers, but it also talks of the threat we humans pose to this fragile world of ice. Apart from that, I will tell the story of the Arctic inhabitants, of hunters, fishermen and farmers leading a live on the edge of climatic possibilities.
About Ragnar Axelsson
Ragnar Axelsson (*1958), or Rax, which is his artist's name, is a photo journalist from Iceland, who has spent the past 30 years photographing the people and the landscapes in some of the world's most remote and isolated regions, such as Iceland, Greenland and Sibiria. His photographs have been published widely in many renowned magazines such as LIFE, Newsweek, GEO, National Geographic, Stern and Time. He has published six books, the latest is Faces of the North, which has won the Icelandic Book Prize in 2016. He has been awarded for his photographic work many times and also received Iceland’s highest honour, the Order of the Falcon, Knight’s Cross.
About Jasper Doest
As a trained ecologist, Dutch photographer Jasper Doest knows human life depends on everything our planet has to offer, yet he recognises the unsustainable nature of the current human patterns of consumption. Through his photographic work, he gives the natural world a voice and tries to bridge the gap between nature and ourselves.
As a true believer in the power of photography to initiate change, Jasper is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Dutch World Wildlife Fund ambassador. His work has been published in international media such as National Geographic Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and GEO, and received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.