“There Is No Planet B”


NASA, Earthrise, December 24, 1968 (2016.23.1)


NASA, [Edward Higgins White’s space walk], June 3, 1965 (2478.2005)


NASA, [“Nearly full Earth showing Africa, Middle East, Europe and western Asia from the Apollo 11”], July 16 1969, (2476.2005)

Apollo 11 view of Earth taken shortly after lift off on 16 July 1969 from a distance of 180,000 km. Most of Africa can be seen at the center of this image, as well as parts of Europe and western Asia, partly covered by clouds, and most of the Middle East. Apollo 11 was in translunar insertion at the time of this photograph, on its way to the historic first moon walk on 20 July. The Earth is 12,740 km in diameter. North is at 11:00. (Apollo 11, AS11-36-5355) nasa.gov

Today is Global Climate Strike.

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Not the future


Harold Corsini, Well in the Center of an Oil Camp, Illinois, 1944 (230.1983)


Brett Weston, Industrial Landscape, ca. 1975 (2012.119.96)


Lu Guang, The Tianjin Steel Plant is a highly polluting enterprise that is deeply affecting the lives of the local residents, She County [Shexian], Hebei Province, “Pollution in China,” March 18, 2008 (2012.14.7)


Lu Guang, Fumes and dust are everywhere in the Hubin Industrial District, near Shizuishan City, Ningxia, “Pollution in China,” (2012.14.1)

The Global Climate Strike will take place during 20-27th of September, 2019.

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“…if we don’t stop burning oil and coal, the Big Apple will be cooked.”


The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, p. 1 (2009.76.3)


The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 2-3 (2009.76.3)

It’s Coming!
City report says extreme storms, flooding, deadly heat waves coming soon if we don’t make changes fast.

It’s official. It’s getting hot down here. And if we don’t stop burning oil and coal, the Big Apple will be cooked.

According to a high tech study commissioned by a concerned Mayor Bloomberg and generously funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, climate change caused by human-created greenhouse gases is threatening the health, livelihood and security of New Yorkers—especially those who take the subway to work.

The New York City Panel on Climate Change, led by an elite team of NASA scientists and climate experts from Columbia, CUNY and Rutgers, has concluded that unless carbon emissions are drastically reduced all over the world, New York faces dangerous increases in temperature (up to 7.5 degrees), extreme weather (hurricanes and intense storms) and sea level rise (as much as 4.5 feet)…

On the personal level, we need to drive less, and use bikes and public transport instead. We need to buy local food at farmers’ markets instead of stuff flown halfway across the world, and we need to make sure local farmers have all the incentives they need to sell food to us cheaply. And of course we need to produce our own energy by installing solar panels on top of our buildings, so that we stop using coal-produced electricity (we’ll save money besides). But most importantly, we need to put pressure on government—local, state and federal—to convert our entire energy systems to sustainable sources like solar and wind… (2009.76.3)


The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 4-5 (2009.76.3)


The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 6-7 (2009.76.3)


The Yes Men, “New York Post,” September 21, 2009, pp. 12-13 (2009.76.3)

“SPECIAL EDITION” NEW YORK POST from The Yes Men on Vimeo.

New York’s favorite tabloid got a face-lift of sorts one day before the city hosted a major UN summit on climate change. Distributed by over 2000 volunteers throughout New York City, an eco-conscious but otherwise pitch-perfect replica of the New York Post, created by a coalition of activists including the Yes Men, was handed out across the city as a wake-up call to action on climate change.

Although the 32-page Post is a fake, everything in it is 100% true, with all facts carefully checked by a team of editors and climate change experts. The cover story (“We’re Screwed”) reports the frightening conclusions of a blue-ribbon panel of scientists commissioned by the mayor’s office to determine the potential effects of climate change on the City. That report was released in February, 2009, but received very little press at the time. Other lead articles describe the Pentagon’s alarmed response to global warming (“Clear & Present Disaster”), the US government’s sadly minuscule response to the crisis (“Congress Cops Out on Climate”), China’s alternative energy program (“China’s Green Leap Forward Overtakes US”), and how if the US doesn’t quickly pass a strong climate bill, the crucial Copenhagen climate talks in December could be a “Flopenhagen.”

The paper made its debut on the same week that Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was to push 100 world leaders to make serious commitments to reduce carbon emissions in the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate conference in December, 2009. Ban has said that the world has “less than 10 years to halt (the) global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet,” adding that Copenhagen is a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.” theyesmen.org

Global Climate Strike, 20-27th of September 2019, with more than 4638 events in 139 countries on six continents.

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“Drowning World”


Gideon Mendel, Chinta and Samundri Davi, Salempur village near Muzaffarpur, Bihar, India, from the “Drowning World” series, August 2007 (2013.32.1)


Gideon Mendel, Hakam Zadi, Manghal Khan, Brohi village, Sind province, Pakistan, from the “Drowning World” series, September 2010, (2013.87.5)


Gideon Mendel, Marie Miracle Andris, Marigot, Haiti, from the “Drowning World” series, September 2008 (2013.87.3)


Gideon Mendel, Shopkeeper Suparat Taddee, Chumchon Ruamjai Community, Bangkok, Thailand, from the “Drowning World” series, November 2011, (2013.32.2)


Gideon Mendel, Anchalee Koyamaholds, Taweewattana district, Bangkok, Thailand, from the “Drowning World” series, November 2011 (2013.87.4)


Gideon Mendel, Prakru Samuteerapisut Sarathamma with novice monks, Komut Puttarangsi Temple, Bangkok, Thailand, from the “Drowning World” series, November 2011 (2013.87.6)

The Drowning World photographs and videos were made “to track flooding, one of the most destructive and visible signs of climate change,” in the “UK (2007, 2014, and 2016), India (2007 and 2014), Haiti (2008), Pakistan (2010), Australia (2011), Thailand (2013), The Philippines (2013), Brazil (2015), Bangladesh (2015), the USA (2015, 2017, and 2018), and France (2016 and 2018)”

“The heart of the project is the portraits of victims at their homes within the landscape of their own personal calamity,” said Mendel. “My intention is to depict them as individuals, not as nameless statistics. Coming from disparate parts of the world, their faces show us their linked vulnerability despite the vast differences in their lives and circumstances.” Your Mirror: Portrait from the ICP Collection (2013.87.4)

Made in Thailand in 2011:

LIVING WITH FLOODWATERS from CUT X CUE on Vimeo.

There’s a global climate strike on Friday September 20th, and a United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, 2019.

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Preserving wilderness


Ansel Adams, Sierra Juniper – Mount Hooper, ca. 1929 (306.1991)


Ansel Adams, Minarets, Iceberg Lake, ca. 1929 (315.1991)


Ansel Adams, Sierra Club Party on Mount Ritter, ca. 1929 (319.1991)


Ansel Adams, Mount Conness – Tenaya Lake, ca. 1929 (324.1991)


Ansel Adams, Monolith – The Face of Half Dome, ca. 1929 (325.1991)

Made while trekking for a month through the Sierra Nevada on a Sierra Club High Trip, these photos, and nineteen more, were self published in 1929 in an edition of 25, titled: Sierra Club Outing, 1929. The prints are gelatin silver “Parmelian” prints on thin, translucent, cream colored Kodak Vitava Athena Parchment T paper. The annual Sierra Club outings began in 1901.

In 1992 a selection of these prints were exhibited at ICP. Some of these photos were made in what is now known as The Ansel Adams Wilderness.

“The Ansel Adams Wilderness is dotted with sparkling lakes, glacially sculpted gorges, and imposing peaks. Originally protected as wilderness by the 1964 Wilderness Act, it was first called the Minarets Wilderness. Renamed to honor Ansel Adams in 1984, it spreads over 230,258 acres, ranging in altitude from about 7,000 feet to 14,000 feet.”

There’s a global climate strike on Friday September 20, and a United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23, 2019.


Ansel Adams, Rainbow Falls, ca. 1929 (312.1991)


Approximate locations of where the 25 photos in the “Sierra Club Outing, 1929,” portfolio were made.

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New York, September 11, 2001


Aftonbladet, September 2001, (2006.30.114)

Aftonbladet is a Swedish newspaper and founded in 1830.


The Mirror, September 12 2001 (2006.30.123) Photo by Spencer Platt


Daily Express, September 12, 2001 (2006.30.126)

Daily Express is a British newspaper and was founded in 1900.


Daily Mail, September 13, 2001 (2006.30.133)

Daily Express is a British newspaper and was founded in 1900.


Asbury Park Press, September 12, 2001 (2006.30.140)

Asbury Park Press is a New Jersey newspaper and founded in 1879.


Reading Eagle, September 12, 2001 (2006.30.524)

Reading Eagle is newspaper from Pennsylvania and founded in 1868.

Photographs, ephemera, and over 400 international newspapers comprise ICP’s September 11 Archive; it’s accessible via ICP’s website .

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Robert Frank (1924-2019)


Robert Frank, McClellanville, South Carolina, 1955 (printed 1975) (225.1996)


Robert Frank, Mabou (electric dog), 1980 (2007.106.2)


F. Bedrich Grunzweig, Robert Frank, 1955-56 (373.1988)

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