'Rivers of Ice' Exhibition Reveals Glaciers Vanishing, Climate Change

Contact: Elaine Merguerian, 212-327-9271

Asia Society Presents Photography Exhibition

Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

July 13 through August 15, 2010

Asia Society showcases the work of photographer and mountaineer David Breashears who, with Glacier Research Imaging Project (GRIP), has retraced the steps of renowned mountain photographers of the past century to recapture images of the Himalayan mountains and glaciers from exactly the same vantage points. Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya comprises recent photographs by Breashears, shown alongside corresponding historic images, revealing the alarming loss in ice mass over the intervening years due to climate change.

“Many of the Greater Himalaya’s glaciers are in China, and the rivers that flow out these mountains and from these frozen reservoirs will help determine the fates of people from Afghanistan to the North China Plain,” says Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations. “What the world chooses to do about climate change, will determine the fates of these glaciers and these peoples. This exhibit of photographer and mountaineer David Breashears is a stunningly beautiful testament to what is at stake.”

News media interested in interviewing David or to Orville can contact Asia Society's communications department at pr@asiasociety.org or 212-327-9271.

And for more on the project, including photos and video, go to AsiaSociety.org/RiversOfIce.

The full press release is attached below.

Image: Main Rongbuk Glacier, Mount Everest, 2007. (David Breashears, courtesy of GlacierWorks)