Daniel Beltrá: The Amazon March 13 — July 2, 2020

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Daniel Beltrá: The Amazon Premieres at Catherine Edelman Gallery

Catherine Edelman Gallery is pleased to present The Amazon, our third exhibition by Spanish born photographer Daniel Beltrá. The show opens March 13 and runs through April 25, 2020. There will be an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Friday, March 13, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Daniel Beltrá has spent the past thirty years witnessing human’s influence on the climate. Photographing from the air, he has documented everything from oil spills, to glacial melts, to droughts, to the effect of greenhouse gases. His commitment is extraordinary and has been acknowledged by both the conservation and art worlds, as he lays bare the undeniable reality of the climate crisis. The Amazon features fifteen photographs taken over a span of twenty years, alongside a photographic timeline describing his many adventures.

The Amazon rainforest is a vital part of our ecosystem, covering more than 2 million square miles across nine countries. According to recent data, it is home to more than 390 billion trees, 2.5 million insect species, 40,000 plant species, 2000 birds, 2200 fishes, 1294 birds, 427 mammals, 428 amphibians, and 378 reptiles.* Prior to the 1970s, the forest remained relatively intact until the construction of the Trans-Amazonian Highway, which has yet to be completed. Nonetheless, access to the rainforest created opportunity for commerce, which in turn led to the discovery of fossil fuel. Deforestation, due to land development, logging, and drilling, has accounted for the loss of almost 20% of the rainforest. The fires in 2019 brought more destruction, creating an international outcry to protect the most biodiverse area on the planet.

The Amazon features photographs of controlled burns, pristine canopies of untouched forests, and illegal logging. All images are taken from a small plane or helicopter, offering a unique perspective of the land’s fragility. The tenuous state of our ecosystems is a continuous thread throughout Daniel Beltrá’s work. By taking viewers to remote locations where human and nature conflict, Beltrá seeks to raise awareness about our effects on the planet through beautiful and haunting photographs.    

Daniel Beltrá [b. Madrid, Spain, 1964] is an award-winning photographer whose work has been published by most of the prominent international publications including The New Yorker, The National Geographic Society, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais. He has been honored with awards from the Prince Charles Rainforest Project, the Prix Pictet, and three world press photo awards, and is a fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two cats. *Wikipedia

Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. His striking, large-scale photographs are shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, he produced many visually arresting images of the man-made disaster. His SPILL exhibit premiered in August 2010 and has toured around the globe since then.

Over the past two decades, Beltrá’s work has taken him to all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian ice fields. For his work on the Gulf Oil Spill, in 2011 he received the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award , the Lucie Award for the International Photographer of the Year - Deeper Perspective, and was chosen as one of the six finalists for Critical Mass for Photolucida. In 2009, Beltrá received the prestigious Prince’s Rainforest Project award granted by Prince Charles. Other highlights include the BBVA Foundation award in 2013 and the inaugural “Global Vision Award” from the Pictures of the Year International in 2008. In 2007 and again in 2018, he received awards for his work in the Amazon from World Press Photo. Daniel’s work has been published by the most prominent international publications including The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Le Monde, and El Pais, amongst many others.

Daniel Beltrá is a fellow and board member of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

Amazon images are available as 24 x 36", 40 x 60" and 48 x 72" mounted digital chromogenic dye prints made in editions of 10, 8 and 4, respectively. Pieces range in price from $5000 to $14000, depending on size.

View artwork and price list for The Amazon.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

 


Zoom Conversation: The Amazon,

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Install image 1, 2020


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Daniel Beltrá
Exhibition Timeline, 2020

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Amazon aftermath (#1), 2003
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Amazon Amapa iron mine (#226), 2017
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Amazon clearing fire (#87), 2007
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Amazon Cristalino canopy (#150), 2009
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Amazon drought canoe (#18), 2005
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Amazon fallen Castanheira (#189), 2013
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Amazon flowered canopy (#177), 2013
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Amazon Para clearing (#19), 2006
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Amazon rainforest burns (#260), 2018
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Amazon rainforest island (#231), 2017
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Amazon Rondonia deforestation (#261), 2018
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Amazon scarlet ibis (#222), 2017
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Amazon slash burning (#194), 2013
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Amazon solo defoliation (#204), 2013
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Amazon tree clearing (#200), 2013