Photographer: Diane Tuft
Photographer: Diane Tuft

Stunning Photos of the Arctic Circle As It Literally Melts Away

The latest monograph from photographer Diane Tuft provides a little-seen portrait of beauty and loss.

Artist and photographer Diane Tuft, whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the International Center of Photography in New York City, and the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York, has focused her life’s work on traveling to remote areas to record environmental changes on the Earth’s landscape. Her first monograph, UNSEEN: Beyond the Visible Spectrum, was a collection of 10 years’ worth of photographs from the American West, Nepal, North Africa, and Iceland. She spent six weeks on the continent of Antarctica for her second book, Gondwana: Images of an Ancient Land.

Her latest, The Arctic Melt: Images of a Disappearing Landscape (Assouline), brings her back to the Arctic Circle, where her unconventional landscape photography turns frozen tundra and ice from the North Pole, Norway, and Greenland into a staggering record of beauty and loss. 

The Greenland Ice Sheet
The Greenland Ice Sheet

Taken July 16, 2016, this overhead shot documents the Greenland Ice Sheet, the 660,000-square-mile collection of ice that covers roughly 80 percent of the surface of the island.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Wedel Jarlsberg Land
Wedel Jarlsberg Land

A glacial split in progress in Wedel Jarlsberg Land, at the southern end of Spitsbergen island in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway. More than 65 percent of the region is estimated to be ice cap.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Franz Joseph Land
Franz Joseph Land

The Collinson fjord, where a failed expedition to reach the North Pole set up camp more than 100 years ago, is located in the high Russian Arctic archipelago of Franz Joseph Land, an uninhabited collection of islands in the Arctic Ocean and Barents Sea.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

The Arctic Ocean
The Arctic Ocean

A photograph of the Arctic Ocean taken at 87 degrees north latitude.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

The Greenland Sea
The Greenland Sea

At 79 degrees north, where the Arctic Ocean meets the Greenland Sea.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Disko Bay
Disko Bay

The Broken Arches in Disko Bay, a wide southeastern inlet of Baffin Bay on the western coast of Greenland. 

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Wordiekammen
Wordiekammen

Ice patterns on Wordiekammen, a mountain in Svalbard, Norway.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Sullorsuaq Strait
Sullorsuaq Strait

Close-up of ice at Sullorsuaq Strait, on the western coast of Greenland.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Greenland
Greenland

Remnants of ice at 69 degrees north in Greenland.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

Wahlenbergbreen
Wahlenbergbreen

Wahlenbergbreen, a glacier in Oscar II Land at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

The North Pole
The North Pole

This photograph was taken at the North Pole at 12:03 a.m., at 0 degrees Celsius.

Photographer: Diane Tuft

The Arctic Melt
The Arctic Melt

The Arctic Melt book cover, published by Assouline.

Source: Assouline