In 2003, photographer Christopher LaMarca began documenting the activities of activists and loggers to provide a commentary for these tireless and committed groups. They live in the back-country for several months at a time, sacrificing modern conveniences and comforts of their normal everyday lives in order to defend their beliefs and way of life. What he managed to capture in this series of photographs provide a compelling narrative and dramatic backdrop for these opposing sides.
LaMarca has compiled the photographs in his book, Forest Defenders: The Confrontational Landscape, which is now available from PowerHouse Books.
His works for this collection have garnered numerous awards including PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers, PDN annual 2009 and NPPA’s Best of Photography. His Forest Defender project was featured in the 2006-2007 ICP triennial, Ecotopia; along with being published in both Aperture and Art Review.
Christopher LaMarca studied Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of Oregon. He has a long and distinguished list of clients which include Volvo, GQ, New York Magazine, Fader, Time, Newswee, and National Geographic Adventure.
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