Starving Polar Bear Among Arresting Images to Show

Sebastian Copeland’s capture of a young polar bear struggles with hunting after the Arctic sea ice has been retreating for years. Photo: Sebastian Copeland

BANGKOK — A famous photo of a starving polar bear hunting for food among retreating sea ice will be among stunning masterpieces on display at an upcoming exhibition in Bangkok.

Highlighting an urgent need to combat global warming, Beyond The Air We Breathe, Addressing Climate Change will feature striking nature and environmental images by 80 respected photographers from around the world.

Among them are war photojournalist James Nachtwey, a long-time Bangkok hand who was shot in the leg during 2014 street protests; Steve McCurry of “Afghan Girl” fame and German photographer Tom Jacobi, who spent two years shooting landscapes on six continents.

Apart from showing the arctic landscapes and wildlife he’s captured, award-winning photographer and environmental activist Sebastian Copeland will be on hand for a panel talk at 5:30pm on June 28. Tom Jacobi will talk on Aug. 23.

Local marine photographer Nat Sumanatemeya will also show his underwater images at the event.

Admission is free. The photo exhibition runs June 28 through Sept. 2 on the ninth floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, reachable by skywalk from BTS National Stadium. The months-long event is organized by the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand and the Lucie Foundation, a nonprofit organization that honors achievements in photography.

Camels flee a burning oil field in the southern part of Kuwait. Photo: Steve McCurry