Commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, Norfolk traveled to Africa to photograph the Lewis Glacier, which has lost 90 percent of its volume since it was first mapped in 1934. Setting his camera for hour-long exposures at night, Norfolk carried a burning torch along the glacier’s former boundary lines; in this photograph, for instance, he recorded the extent of the glacier in 1963. Norfolk’s decision to draw the lines with a homemade torch fashioned from a garden rake and a gasoline-soaked scrap of carpet also points to the burning of fossil fuels as a chief cause of global warming and melting glaciers.


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Artist
Simon Norfolk, British, born Nigeria, 1963
Commissioner
The New York Times Magazine
Title
The Lewis Glacier, Mt. Kenya, 1963 (A)
from the series Stratographs
Date
2014
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 14 15/16 × 19 15/16 in. (38 × 50.6 cm) Sheet: 18 7/8 × 23 7/8 in. (48 × 60.7 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Philip Greider in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker on the occasion of her retirement

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2017.349
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist; [Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, California]; Dr. Philip Greider; given to MFAH, 2017.