With this book, photographer Ken Tape sets changes in the landscape in stark relief, pairing decades-old photos of the arctic landscape of Alaska with photos of the same scenes taken in the present.
The resulting volume is a stunning reminder of inexorable change; divided into sections on vegetation, permafrost, and glaciers, the images show the startling effects of climate change. In addition, each section presents a short biography of a pioneering scientist who was instrumental in both obtaining the antique photographs and advancing the study of arctic ecosystems, as well as interviews with scientists who have spent decades working in Alaska for the United States Geological Survey. The Changing Arctic Landscape is a profile of transformation—complex and not yet fully understood.
Ken Tape was raised in Fairbanks and has been studying and photographing the arctic for the last decade. He has participated in or led a dozen boating, skiing, mushing, and snowmachining expeditions across the North American arctic from Alaska to Greenland. He has undergraduate (Carleton College) and masters degrees (UAF) in geology, and he is working on a PhD in biology (UAF).