National Geographic Photographer Steve Winter, with exclusive exhibition leading you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, Latin America to rescue jaguars and to California in pursuit of the Hollywood cougar.
Description: The exhibition brings together powerful and moving images from the world’s top wildlife photographer Steve Winter to raise awareness of the plight of these critically endangered cats.
The showing leads you from Asian jungles where resilient tiger populations persist, Latin America to rescue jaguars and to California in pursuit of the Hollywood cougar.
From the mountaintops of the Himalayas, through India’s jungles and grasslands, back to the Rockies of the American West and down to South America’s Amazonian rivers, Steve Winter’s “Big Cats” photos reveal some of the world’s most elusive wild cats in their natural habitat. Winter’s mastery of camera traps has allowed him to photograph snow leopards, tigers, cougars, and jaguars like none other, presenting us with diorama-like images of cats that are rarely seen by humans – and may disappear forever without immediate, effective conservation efforts.
Steve Winter’s goal has been to highlight not only the beauty of these cats but to inform us of the threats they face – and the challenges for people who share their realm.
Location: Museum of Natural History
Piazzetta Silvio Gigli 2, Siena
Photographer Biography: American photographer Steve Winter has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He has slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopard, flown over erupting volcanoes, and visited isolated villages where residents have never before seen a blond foreigner -or a camera.
Steve started taking photos as a child while growing up in rural Indiana. After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco, Winter signed on as a photojournalist for Black Star Photo Agency. Since then, he has produced stories for GEO, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, and Stern, among other publications.
He became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991. Since then, he has covered many subjects for the magazine, including Cuba, Russia’s giant Kamchatka bears, tigers in Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley, and life along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River.
Winter has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was a two-time winner of Picture of the Year International’s Global Vision Award and twice won the first prize in the nature category from World Press Photo.
In November 2013, National Geographic published his photography book Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat, with text written by Sharon Guynup and co-sponsored by Panthera, the world’s leader in Big Cat Conservation. Winter currently lives with his wife, son, and pets in New Jersey, USA.
“I am trying to find images that people haven’t seen before, which give them a reason to care not only about these animals but about the ecosystems in which they live – and then transfer it back to their own lives.”