A Photographic Tribute to the Beauty of the High Arctic




FROZEN LATITUDES is about the passion for The Cold.


It is a photographic tribute to the High Arctic covering some of the remotest places of Greenland and Franz Josef Land which are currently undergoing a fundamental change by becoming un-frozen.


Read the passionate Frozen Latitudes Essays and take a look at the fine art photo book with moving stories and scientific background about the Cryosphere in English and German.

Frozen Latitudes Events

Freitag 10. Mai 2019, 19:00 Uhr

Theater am Steg, Johannesgasse 14, Baden bei Wien


FROZEN LATITUDES – Expeditionen in die Hohe Arktis

Teil 1: Franz Josef Land


Christoph Ruhsam ist Schriftführer der österreichischen Gesellschaft für Polarforschung und Landschaftsfotograf. Er hat seit mehr als 30 Jahren Expeditionen in die Hohe Arktis unternommen, über die er in seinem Buch FROZEN LATITUDES erzählt. Teil 1 des multimedialen Vortrags stellt den nördlichsten Archipel Eurasiens, Franz Josef Land in der russischen Hocharktis, in den Mittelpunkt. Die Expeditionsgeschichte mit der Entdeckung durch die Altösterreicher Payer und Weyprecht legt die Grundlage für das Verständnis für die unermesslichen Gletscherwelten bis hinauf zum Arktischen Ozean, die unter dem Einfluss des Klimawandels fundamentalen Änderungen unterworfen sind. Ein packender Abend als fotografische Hymne auf die Schönheit der Hohen Arktis mit wissenschaftlichen Fakten über die Kryosphäre.

Eintritt: Freie Spende und die Möglichkeit, FROZEN LATITUDES signiert zu vergünstigten Konditionen direkt vom Autor zu erwerben.

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