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Giving Climate Change a Human Face Bearing the brunt of global warming

November 5, 2020 / Mathias Braschler & Monika Fischer

Juliana Pacco Pacco (44) Lama Herder Paru Paru, Peru / ©Braschler/Fischer

As part of the 8th International Photography Festival in November 2020 in Tel Aviv, Swiss photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer present their work The Human Face of Climate Change. Whereas climate change is often explained with a barrage of scientific data, graphs, hypotheses and forecasts, Braschler and Fischer have put a human face on the existential challenge facing our globe – thereby making it tangible, intimate and immediate. In a two-year journey around the world, from 2009 to 2011, the two Swiss photographers encountered a myriad of people who already bear the brunt of global warming – from the Ganges Delta over Siberia, the Swiss Alps and the Peruvian Andes to the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas. Their testimonials speak to the immediacy of the climate catastrophe, demonstrating that global warming is not merely an abstract problem for future generations, but that its consequences have already shattered the livelihoods of many around the world.

Miguel A. Torres (68) President of the Miguel Torres Vinery Vilafranca del Penedes, Barcelona, Spain / ©Braschler/Fischer
Scott Sutton (44) Superintendent of the Wild Horse Golf Course Las Vegas, Nevada, USA / ©Braschler/Fischer
Hosnaara Khatun (22) and her son Chassan (1) Tiger Widow Sora, Gabura, Bangladesh / ©Braschler/Fischer
Christian Kaufmann (48) Shepherd Grindelwald, Switzerland / ©Braschler/Fischer
Avetik Oganisovitch Nazaryan (50) and Ludmila Nikolaevna Nazaryan (37) and their daughter Liana Avetikovna (5) Inhabitants of a sinking house Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia / ©Braschler/Fischer
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