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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

LittleBearProd Client, Robert Glenn Ketchum - ARTIST, AUTHOR, CONSERVATIONIST

For 45-years Robert Glenn Ketchum's imagery and books have helped to define contemporary color photography while at the same time addressing critical national environmental issues. His advocate use of photography has inspired successive generations of image-makers to be purposeful with their work on behalf of social and environmental justice, and led to the creation of the International League of Conservation Photographers, of which Ketchum is a Founding Fellow.

Presently Ketchum has committed 15-years, 2-books (Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery, Aperture, NY, 2001 and Wood-Tikchik: Alaska's Largest State Park, Aperture, NY, 2003) and a national traveling exhibit to protecting the parklands and wildlands of Southwest Alaska and offshore fishery of Bristol Bay from the industrial invasion of oil and gas leasing and a huge open pit mine. In 2010, the Obama administration withdrew Bristol Bay from oil and gas lease consideration and Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar gave Ketchum the 'Partners in Conservation Award'. The habitat and parks of Southwest are still at risk however, because of the development of the Pebble Mine, proposed to be the largest open-pit copper and cyanide gold-leach mine in the world. Ketchum feels allowing this mine to be built is trading a dangerous extraction industry for a very valuable clean food resource and the public should weigh in on this decision. If you are interested to learn more please go here.