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Forest Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape

by Christopher LaMarca

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ISBN: 9781576874288

by Christopher LaMarca

Environmentalism / Documentary Photography
Hardcover
9.25 x 11.25 inches
112 pages
95 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-428-8
by Christopher LaMarca

Environmentalism / Documentary Photography
Hardcover
9.25 x 11.25 inches
112 pages
95 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-428-8

“Whether he’s in a dingy fluorescent basement or a beautiful
sunlit forest, LaMarca always manages to finesse something
amazing.”
—Paul Moakley, Newsweek

Controversy erupted in March 2005 when, with the blessing
of the Bush administration, logging companies began
sawing into old growth reserves (sections of the federal
forestland set aside for threatened wildlife). Two months
later, the administration fanned the flames by repealing the
2001 “roadless rule,” which protected 58 million acres of
pristine roadless wildlands on the National Forests across
the country. The states of Oregon, Washington, California,
and New Mexico filed suit against the Bush administration
for violating federal environmental law. The Forest Defenders
responded as well.

These activists, labeled “radicals” and even “eco-terrorists”
by the timber industry, are fighting to save some of the
last truly wild places left in America. For the past five
years, Christopher LaMarca has been documenting these
much-maligned advocates who are willing to sacrifice their
comforts and freedoms to stand up for wildlands. Forest
Defenders: The Confrontational American Landscape
offers
insight into the lives of these extremely dedicated, politically
sophisticated, and well-organized environmental activists.

Christopher LaMarca studied Environmental Studies and
Biology at the University of Oregon, a degree that led him
to pursue photographic projects documenting environmental
issues. His work on the protection of old growth forests
against logging garnered him numerous awards, including
PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers To Watch and the
NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism. His Forest Defenders project
was featured in the 2006-2007 ICP triennial, Ecotopia, and
was published in Aperture and Art Review. His clients include
Volvo, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, The Fader, and Outside,
among others.

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