Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion


May 23, 2020 | 3pm

Please join exhibiting photographers Katie Orlinsky and Kadir van Lohuizen for a virtual discussion on their work in the arctic and the long term effects of melting ice. They will be joined by Washington Post Editor Nick Kirkpatrick and BDC Founder and Executive Director, Mike Kamber.

Katie Orlinsky’s work Chasing Winter is a photographic project that explores how climate change is challenging communities across Alaska, and transforming the relationship between people, animals, and land. Scientists call Alaska “ground zero” for climate change, and 2014 was the state’s warmest year on record. But climate change in Alaska means more than just warm weather; it means snow that arrives later in the fall, a spring thaw that happens sooner, vanishing sea ice, retreating glaciers, an explosion of wildfires, intense storms, and diminishing natural habitats pressuring hundreds of local animal species along with the people who depend on them. 

Kadir van Lohuizen’s work Arctic: The New Frontier, in collaboration with Yuri Kozyrev focuses on the consequences of the melting of the sea ice for our planet, and the medium-term prospect of its total disappearance. Yuri Kozrev traveled towards the East and Kadir van Lohuizen headed West. Each of them traveled halfway across the Arctic Circle to meet in the Bering Strait, their aim was to explore what could happen to the planet as sea ice melts and eventually disappears altogether. 

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Trump Revolution: Climate Crisis. The exhibition is curated by the Bronx Documentary Center’s Exhibition Coordinator Cynthia Rivera, and Executive Director Michael Kamber. The online exhibition will be available to view on May 23, 2020 at


KATIE ORLINSKY was born and raised in New York City and began her career as a photographer thirteen years ago. She has photographed all over the world documenting everything from conflict and social issues to wildlife and sports. For the past five years Katie’s work has focused on climate change, exploring the transforming relationship between people, animals and the land in the Arctic. Katie is a contributing photographer with National Geographic and work is frequently published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Smithsonian Magazine among others. She has won numerous awards over the course of her career from institutions such as the Art Director’s Club, PDN30, Visa Pour L’image and Pictures of the Year International. She was the 2016 Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography winner and the 2016 Paris Match Female Photojournalist of the Year. She received a Masters's degree in Journalism from Columbia University, and in 2018 was named the Snedden Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

KADIR VAN LOHUIZEN has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He has received numerous prizes, including two World Press Photo awards. In September 2007, he and ten others established the NOOR agency (Amsterdam, New York). He became a member of the supervisory board of World Press Photo in 2008. He has published several photobooks, including Diamond Matters, Aderen and Vía PanAm (in collaboration with Paradox).

NICK KIRKPATRICK is a photo editor at The Washington Post where he collaborates across the newsroom on special projects and stories, including with the paper's award-winning Investigative unit. Nick's work has been recognized by numerous awards from the Overseas Press Club of America, Best of Photojournalism, the National Press Foundation and Pictures of the Year International. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and The Danish School of Journalism, Nick worked as a freelance visual journalist for The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera English and The Post. He joined Washington's premiere newspaper in late 2013 as a founding partner of Morning Mix, The Post's overnight breaking news and general assignment team where he produced visually-driven stories contributing to the section's massive growth in readership. Since joining The Post, Nick has worked with the foreign desk as the International Photo Editor and has launched a number of innovative projects and initiatives. Most recently, he was part of a small interdisciplinary team working in close collaboration with Google to develop a visual storytelling format tailored to mobile audiences. Nick is a faculty member at the Eddie Adams Workshop and has served on juries for the Military Photographer. 

 Greenland, July 2018. Icebergs in front of Oqaatsut. Only 50 people live in the community of which most used to be hunters. Nowadays due to the instability of the sea ice its much more difficult to hunt for sea mammals like whales and seals. © Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR for Carmignac foundation