Climate Change and Photography: A Call to Action

with Victor Moriyama, Nichole Sobecki, Kiliii Yuyan, and moderator Carlan Tapp

December 7, 2024

Saturday; 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $125.00

Course Description

The global impact of climate change is undeniable. We are reminded of our ever-changing world on a daily basis, and the question that often arises is, “How can I make any difference in this universal threat?” You can as a photographer, and this call to action offers an important step in this direction. Join us on Saturday, December 7, to find inspiration in the arc and impact of four photographers and discover how you can contribute to the fight for our planet’s future through your own photography and artistic practice.

This panel offers the unique opportunity to hear directly from storytellers who have dedicated their careers to documenting the environmental, political, and spiritual upheavals of our time. Victor Moriyama, Nichole Sobecki, Kiliii Yuyan, and moderator Carlan Tapp—all world-renowned photographers and photojournalists—have found pathways to making a difference through work that vividly illustrates the peril of climate change, while also highlighting the resilience and activism of communities worldwide. In this three-hour program, our panelists present projects spanning every corner of the Earth, from the Southwestern United States to the Congo Basin, from the Amazon rainforest to the Arctic North, then join together in conversation.

Moderated by long-time Santa Fe Workshops instructor and documentary photographer and filmmaker, Carlan Tapp, this program spans the creative, technical, and ethical considerations of photographing our changing world. Carlan and the panelists explore the challenges ahead, reflect on the unique power of photography as a tool for documentation and advocacy, and offer pathways to action for fellow storytellers and photographers.

The day begins with an introduction to our panelists, who provide a framework for understanding how photography is contributing a visual voice to the climate crisis. We then move into a 30-minute presentation by each photographer, followed by a moderated discussion between Carlan and the panelists, and conclude with a lively Q&A session with the audience.

Victor Moriyama, a world-renowned Brazilian photojournalist whose work focuses on the environmental and sociological impacts of climate change in the Amazon rainforest, shares insights from his long-term project documenting the violent occupation of the Amazon, shedding light on issues such as deforestation, land grabbing, and the vital role of Indigenous peoples in preserving the biome. Victor also discusses the challenges faced in journalism by those documenting climate change and reflects upon the importance of photographers listening to their inner voice in search of the issues that move us.

Photojournalist Nichole Sobecki shares her experiences documenting the unfolding impacts of the climate crisis in Africa. Nichole offers her perspective on climate change photography through the lens of three projects: Where Our Land Was, which investigates significant environmental change in Somalia; Cheetah for Sale, which documents the illegal trafficking network draining Africa of its cheetah cubs; and Forest Guardians, which explores the vital role the Congo Basin plays in the ecological balance of our planet and those fighting for its future. Nichole’s work spans such diverse themes as the impacts of war on the environment, the human consequences of climate change, and the power of science and a new generation of African researchers supporting conservation efforts across the continent.

Kiliii Yuyan presents The Guardians of Life, highlighting Indigenous climate stewardship solutions from around the globe. Indigenous peoples are responsible for the stewardship of nearly 40% of all land, resulting in the single greatest bulwark against a changing climate. In Mongolia, shamanism has led to the restoration of grasslands across the country. In Palau, coral reef resilience is supported by an enormous marine protected area. Aboriginal Australians tend to their rainforests through the use of intentional cultural fire, preventing catastrophic wildfires. Through these stories and more, Kiliii showcases the innovative ways Indigenous peoples are preserving ecosystems and combating climate change.

Join us in December for an informative and compelling call to action for any photographer or artist wishing to find ways, large and small, to make a difference in the fight to save our planet.

Additional Information


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Documentary, Nature & Landscape, One-of-a-Kind, Personal Project, Storytelling
Victor Moriyama

Victor Moriyama is a Brazilian photojournalist based in São Paulo covering South America and the Amazon rainforest for The New York Times. His works are based on a humanist photograph committed to documenting the processes of violence that prevail in social and environmental relations in Brazil. Agrarian conflicts, deforestation and conservation of tropical forests and their biodiversity, genocide of indigenous populations, and acceleration of climate change are themes that have guided his photographic production in recent years. Concerned about the scarcity of in-depth reports on conflicts in the Amazon, Victor created in 2019 the project @historiasamazonicas, a community of Latin American photographers committed to documenting contemporary processes taking place in the Amazon and defining the present. His idea is to expand world knowledge and engage global society with problems within the largest tropical forest in the world.

Nichole Sobecki

Through documentary photography, Nichole Sobecki brings attention to humanity’s fraught, intimate, and ultimately unbreakable connection to the natural world. Born in New York, she has lived in Nairobi for the past decade. Nichole’s photography has been recognized by the ASME Award, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, and Pictures of the Year, among others. A regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, Nichole is represented internationally by the photo agency VII and is a member of Women Photograph and Everyday Africa.

Instagram: @nicholesobecki

Kiliii Yuyan

Kiliii Yuyan, a photographer of Hèzhé (East Asian Indigenous) and Chinese descent, creates photographic stories for National Geographic and other major publications. His projects in the Arctic, and with Indigenous cultures have required wilderness survival, coldwater diving, and a penchant for listening. Kiliii has survived a stalking polar bear, eaten mangoes from the stomach of a fruit bat, and found kinship at the edges of the world. In 2023, Kiliii received the National Geographic Eliza Scidmore Award for Outstanding Storytelling and was named one of PDN‘s 30 top photographers in 2019. His work appears in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Amon Carter Museum, and has been honored by numerous photographic awards. He educates and inspires with speaking events around the world.


Instagram: @kiliiiyuyan

© Carlan Tapp
Carlan Tapp

Carlan Tapp is a documentary filmmaker and photographer. In the late 1970s, he assisted Ansel Adams for three years at his Yosemite Workshops, and shortly thereafter he enrolled in Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. A descendant of the Wicocomico Tribe (Taptico family), Carlan, together with his wife, founded Naamehnay Project-Question of Power, a federal nonprofit focused on creating a visual voice for Native American homelands and sacred sites impacted by energy industrialization in America. Carlan’s work has been featured in Harley-Davidson HOG Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Associated Press, and NPR’s “Living on Earth.” His photo essays are syndicated by Redux Pictures in New York.

Carlan’s project, Question of Power, opens at the New Mexico Museum of History in Santa Fe in 2025. Two decades of work, including black and white photographs, audio interviews, and short films will be showcased as part of an exhibit on climate change.

When he is not teaching, Carlan can be found riding his iron pony on two-lane highways across the American Southwest telling the stories of people, places, and the landscape.

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