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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Announcement: Hilton Asmus Contemporary to represent conservation photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier
witness the Arctic and Antarctica through Paul Nicklen's lens is to
experience hope in action. Born to Ice showcases the life's work of an
artist whose love for the landscape -and each animal in it - is so
palpable that emotion echoes throughout every image. As a collection,
the images build in scope and power, leaving you profoundly affected and
deepening your sense of commitment to protect these stunning parts of
~Leonardo DiCaprio, June 2018
are proud to announce representation of two of the most respected
photographers in the world, National Geographic photojournalists PAUL
NICKLEN and CRISTINA MITTERMEIER.
Paul and Cristina are the founders of SEA LEGACY, a
collective of some of the most experienced and renowned photographers,
filmmakers and storytellers working on behalf of our oceans.
welcome these two stellar human beings who have done so much to bring
awareness and solutions to the perils that plague our planet to
the Hilton | Asmus family of artists who are opening our eyes through
their lens and dedication to our environment and humanity. Please take a look at their biographies below.
I look forward to introducing you to Paul and Cristina this
April when they come to Chicago for their first exhibition in our
gallery. In the meantime, we will be showing their spectacular works
for the first time at Art Palm Springs next week. I will send details
on the show in a separate email, along with a link for tickets to
Thank you for your support of our gallery over the years. We
are so proud to work with the finest artists AND the finest collectors
in the world! Together, we are all making our world, as James Baldwin,
one of my favorite authors, wrote "a more human dwelling place."
From ice diving with leopard seals to battling the sub-zero
temperatures of the arctic, Canadian born Paul Nicklen has spent the
last 20 years documenting both the beauty and the plight of our planet.
As one of the world's most prominent nature photographers, TED TALKS
favorite Nicklen has used his art to spotlight endangered ecosystems and
ignite a global awareness of climate change.
After a 20-year career of photographing for prestigious
publications including numerous cover images for National Geographic,
Nicklen revisited his archives for the true artistic gems to fulfill his
lifelong dream of releasing them to the fine art world. Nicklen
has garnered more than 30 of the highest accolades given to any
photographer in his field, earning a global following of celebrities,
conservationists, and fans. He has published more than 20 stories for
National Geographic and has been the recipient of the BBC Wildlife
Photographer of the Year Award and the prestigious World Press Photo
award for photojournalism.
In the foreword to Paul Nicklen's book Born to Ice, actor and environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio wrote:
"To witness the Arctic and Antarctica through Paul
Nicklen's lens is to experience hope in action. Born to Ice showcases
the life's work of an artist whose love for the landscape-and each
animal in it-is so palpable that emotion echoes throughout every image.
As a collection, the images build in scope and power, leaving you
profoundly affected and deepening your sense of commitment to protect
these stunning parts of our planet." - Leonardo DiCaprio, June 2018
In addition, Pearl Jam's upcoming album "Gigaton" features Nicklen's photograph ICE WATERFALL
Variety Magazine wrote, "Pearl Jam's notoriously diehard fanbase got their first taste of "Gigaton" on Jan. 11, 2020
when mysterious augmented reality billboards featuring Paul Nicklen's
album cover photo of a Norwegian ice waterfall appeared in 12 cities
worldwide. Using a dedicated filter on Instagram or Facebook Lens, fans
could watch the ice rapidly melt while an instrumental audio snippet from the album played in the background.
A virtuous mind and voice in conservation photography and one of the most influential female photographers in the world,
Mexico City born, Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier, a pioneer of the modern photography conservation movement, is an adventurer, conservationist, writer, photographer and
marine biologist who for the past 25 years has been globally recognized
as one of the most influential wild-life writers and conservationists.
Mittermeier has received accolades of the
highest esteem, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Award, and was named one of National Geographic's 2018 Adventurers of
As a National Geographic Woman of Impact, Mittermeier has
worked in more than 100 countries on every continent in the world,
reaching an estimated 2.5 billion people and sparking global
conversations about climate change.
In 2015, she co-founded the conservation group SeaLegacy, a
non-profit dedicated to protecting the ocean with her partner, Paul
Nicklen. Recognized as one of the World's top 40 Most Influential
Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine, Mittermeier's work has been
published in hundreds of respected publications, including National
Geographic Magazine and TIME.
As a biochemical engineer specializing in marine resources
and as a regular contributor to the scientific dialogue on the
conservation of our planet's biodiversity, Cristina's work strives to
explain with science the importance of preserving Earth's living
heritage. She is the founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
"The whole premise of Sea Legacy ,"
states Mittermeier, is that we're experts at visual communication, and
we're going to be partnering with like-minded organizations that have
the same mission that we do-that is, to save the oceans. The ocean is
the largest ecosystem on our planet, and three billion people depend on
coastal and marine resources."
Cristina Mittermeier "Antarctic Cascade"
Hilton Asmus Contemporary and David Yarrow,
with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Brady, Cara Delavingne, Elsa Pataky and many
more help to raise funds to help our friends and animals in Australia.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky with a print of David Yarrow's "Survivor"
Last week, we sent a letter
announcing our YEAR OF CONSERVATION platform. We began with David
Yarrow and his fundraising initiative to raise $2 million to help
recovery in Australia, protecting displaced and injured animals and
limiting the damage wrought on the ecosystem. So far, David has raised
nearly $1 million for the #koalacomebackfund benefitting Wild Ark, the
Global Wildlife Conservation & Leonardo DiCaprio and Laurene Powell
Jobs foundation, Earth Alliance.
As we mentioned in our previous
email, Hilton | Asmus Contemporary will donate a portion of every sale
we make to an organization that is working towards making our world a
better place. From animals, to our oceans, to women and children's
education, to the human condition, Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is
dedicated to making every single step we take have a purpose. A global
purpose. A higher purpose.
For those of you who donated to David Yarrow's koala initiative, we thank you!