Acacia Johnson

Photographer
    
ANTARCTICA
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Nationality: USA
Biography: Acacia Johnson is a photographer and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to wilderness. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to Canada in 2014, to overwinter on Baffin Island . Since... read on
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ANTARCTICA
Credits: acacia johnson
Date of Work: 12/15/15 - Ongoing
Updated: 11/09/17
Location: Antarctica



Antarctica, in popular imagination, exists nearly as a mythical place. Cold, distant, inhospitable, and separated from the rest of the world by notoriously tumultuous oceans, it is a place where no humans have ever permanently lived. Today, it remains one of the most pristine wilderness areas on earth, and an increasingly popular destination for tourists.

Throughout seven seasons as a expedition guide, zodiac driver and photography lecturer in the Polar Regions, I have made over 25 expeditions to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

This is a small selection of images from my experiences as a guide - meant to celebrate the astounding beauty and richness of these regions, but also to explore the idea of human presence in Antarctica. Who are the people who "live" seasonally in Antarctica, and how do we as visitors interact with these spaces? How do humans establish relationships with such a wild place, and what role can these relationships play in shaping the future of Antarctica?


Upcoming Antarctic expeditions:

November 05 - December 03, 2018: Ocean Endeavour, Quark Expeditions
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Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

By Acacia Johnson — My work explores relationships between humans and the environment: how people perceive, interact with, and change the landscape, and the impacts of..
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Antarctic Snow Algae

By Acacia Johnson — National Geographic , September 2018
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INSTALLATIONS

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Nordic Refuge

By Acacia Johnson — Synopsis: In Arctic Norway, the populations of many rural communities have decreased over the past few decades with the decline of fishing and..
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ARCTIC

By Acacia Johnson — A small and ongoing selection of images from four years of expeditions to Svalbard, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic, both as an expedition guide..
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Boundaries of Life & Stillness

By Acacia Johnson — Boundaries of Life and Stillness: The Inuit Seal Hunt  Synopsis: On Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, the Inuit people have lived a..
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Love, Death, and the Ocean

By Acacia Johnson — “Turning to face North, face the North, we enter our own subconscious.  Always, in retrospect, the journey North has the quality of..
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AIALIK

By Acacia Johnson —   The rain came in sheets and then in waves. It pounded our shelters and soaked into our skin. We awoke to pools of water filling our forest..
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