Gary Braasch Environmental Photography
Post Office Box 1465
Portland Oregon 97207 USA
Gary Braasch is one of the most experienced editorial and documentary assignment photographers for natural history, science, and travel. His repeat clients include Life, Smithsonian, Natural History, Discover, Audubon, and NY Times Magazine. He successfully completed a long term project on climate change in 22 nations on all continents, resulting in the book Earth Under Fire, published by University of California Press. Please call or email about your assignment needs.
MOST RECENT ASSIGNMENT:
Report on the drought baking much of the United States, images and information from the corn belt of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas for World View of Global Warming, summer 2012.
Climate science and change -- including witness to the lowest summer extent of Arctic sea ice. Two journeys in 2012 from Barrow and the Arctic Ocean to the Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier Bay in SE Alaska, for Alaska Wilderness League and World View of Global Warming
Month-long travel in northern India and Nepal in 2012 for the Karuna Foundation - US to report on climate change and how people of the Himalayas are reacting to its threats and uncertainties. Water, agriculture, weather disasters, urban issues, and culture in an on-going series of portfolios and photo stories.
North Carolina Outer Banks October 2011 for NC Museum of Natural Sciences and World View of Global Warming, continuing repeat location photography of sea level rise, beach erosion and loss of houses on Cape Hatteras.
Two-month journey in 2011 with specific repeat and documentary locations for World View of Global Warming, in Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji and Hawaii.
More pictures of Kiribati here.
Images in use by museums and websites.
The BP Gulf oil disaster, May-August 2010, an assignment for an environmental foundation, a national magazine and World View of Global Warming for long term coverage and implications of this huge environmental, scientific and human event. Aerial photography, photojournalism, portraits of people involved, and the details of the response to the oil spill. Please see portfolios beginning here.
A sampling of recent assignments
Wide ranging assignment for Vanity Fair, July 2010, with famous environmental writer Alex Shoumatoff, to follow the most endangered sea turtle whose habitat was slathered by the BP crude oil. Images of the hatching of the Kemp's ridley turtles in Mexico, rescue and veterinarian care of young turtles found in the oil spill, and the moving of entire nests of turtle eggs from beaches near the oil. Portfolio here.
Copenhagen COP-15 international climate talks, an assignment for photos and text for World View of Global Warming and the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Press, including coverage of how the media covered this important meeting.
Hoh River, Washington. Three day assignment for Western Rivers Conservancy, 2009, to document 10 land purchases along this wild river, a major salmon stream, as it flows out from Olympic National Park to the Pacific Ocean.
Threatened spotted owls. Endangered species and field science in the Western forests, three day assignment for Smithsonian magazine, published January 2009.
Photo also used as the Smithsonian Magazine Holiday card, December 2009.
John Day River, Oregon, landscape and wildlife photography assignment for Western Rivers Conservancy, 2008. Use in brochures and for fundraising.
Lake Mead, Arizona, and Hoover Dam as level of lake drops in drought. Photograph for Norton Publishing and GHG Photos used as chapter opener in new climate book, 2009.
Extensive travel 2004-5 with specific targets in Europe, the Arctic, China, and Asia for World View of Global Warming and the book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World. Here wind turbines in The Netherlands used as chapter opener.
Assignments for aerial and landscape photography on Alaska's Northwest slope for Arctic Coalition and Alaska Wilderness League, 2003-5
Time Magazine, Canadian Edition, November 24, 2003 "Saving the Earth" double-truck, image picked up from previous assignment for Foundation for Deep Ecology.
Scientific American "Fishy Business" (Coral reefs & aquarium fish) July 2001
Life Magazine "Coming Back to Life" (Mount St. Helens volcano recovery) May 2000
Discover Magazine "Hanging by a Thread" (Hawaii endangered species) February 2000
Audubon Magazine "All things great and even microscopic" (Bio diversity, Great Smoky Mountains) May-June 2000
Discover Magazine "Antarctica's Hot Spot"
(Climate change) November 1999
Life Magazine "Universe in a Puddle" (Tide pool ecology) April 1998
Audubon Magazine "The Oil Pressure Rises" (Alaska tundra) November 1997