The Distant is Imminent

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National Council member Camille Seaman is among a group of participating artists featured in a newly launched art action as part of Countdown, a global initiative championing solutions to the climate crisis. TED and Fine Acts orchestrated this global art action with ten artists working at the intersection of arts, media, and climate science. They celebrated the public launch of these works on October 10th, 2020.

Camille Seaman’s piece The Distant is Imminent will be projected as a video installation to demonstrate the rising water levels facing New York City, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Limerick. Her piece is a living artwork that will grow to include additional cities over the coming year.

Learn more about the project on Fine Acts.


About Camille

Photo: Bret Hartman

Photographer Camille Seaman believes in capturing images that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. Born to a Native American father and African American mother, Camille’s sense of connection with nature stems from growing up in the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Long Island, New York, and the influence of her grandfather.

After graduating from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and John Cohen, she has spent the last two decades documenting the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth’s polar regions. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic magazine, including the April 2010 special “Water” issue as well as a cover and feature story on Antarctica in the July 2017 issue. Her work has also appeared in Outside, TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, American Photo, and German GEO, among other outlets.

Camille has been a TED Senior Fellow since 2013, and was also named a Stanford Knight Fellow and Cinereach Filmmaker in Residence Fellow. She leads photographic workshops all over the globe, and enjoys inspiring others to develop a unique visual voice.