Photojournalist and Island Institute co-founder Peter Ralston will share images and reflections of his recent visit to the Canadian Arctic at College of the Atlantic on Nov. 1. PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER RALSTON

Island Institute co-founder to talk about Canadian Arctic

BAR HARBOR — Photojournalist and Island Institute co-founder Peter Ralston will share images and reflections from his visit to the remote northern reaches of the planet at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4:10 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ralston, a professional photographer who has been featured in such places as the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, spent a month in Greenland and the eastern and central islands of the Northwest Passage this past summer. He was taken, he said, with, “the austere and severe beauty and scale of the Canadian Arctic.”

“I am hardly an overnight expert, but years of attention to writings and images of the area, combined with recent experience, has far more fully informed my awareness and understanding of this extraordinary region,” Ralston said. “The take-home impressions – and images – revolve around Greenland and Big Ice, the socio-economic reality of Inuit life and the reality and implications of climate change.”

Ralston grew up in Chadd’s Ford, Pa., and worked for a decade as a freelance photojournalist before he started photographing the coast of Maine in 1978. He was drawn especially to the working communities that define the coast’s enduring character. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctorate at Colby College for his photography and his role as co-founder of the Island Institute.

His work has been seen in many books and magazines, featured on network television and has been exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including The Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris, National Museum of American History, Colby College, Art in Embassies Program, Aomori Prefectural Museum in Japan, deYoung Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco, the Royal Academy of the Arts in London and many others.

Ralston and his wife, Terri, opened Ralston Gallery in Rockport in 2011. He is currently working on a book about his favorite place in the world, the coast of Maine. Visit

The Human Ecology Forum is a weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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