About Garth


Garth Lenz  

From the outset, a central theme of my work has been the contrasts between the industrialized and natural landscape. The primary focus of my early work was forests and the impacts of industrial logging. As my understanding of ecological issues has grown, so has the range of my photographic subjects. My recent work has been largely focused on the world of modern fossil fuel production and its 

associated impacts on the landscape. Recent projects have addressed mountaintop removal coal mining, shale gas production, and the Alberta Tar Sands. 

My work has appeared in leading editorial publications including, Time, GEO, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, The Guardian, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Esquire, and many others. I have been invited to address major corporations and government bodies on the issues of conservation and sustainability. These include The New York Times, NTT, GTE, Kimberley Clarke, the GEO Foundation, the Canadian Senate, and the European Parliament. My recent TED talk on my traveling exhibit – The True Cost of Oil – has received over 800,000 viewings to date. 

I have received awards for my work from the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year. 

My exhibits from the Alberta Tar Sands have been featured in the G2 Gallery in Los Angeles, the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, at the Aperture Foundation Gallery in New York as part of the “What Matters Now” exhibit, in 2012, at the Tippetts Gallery at Utah State University, and at the Galt Museum in Alberta. Other works have been exhibited recently at the Center for Fine Art Photography, at the British Columbia Art Council, in the Capital building in Washington D.C., at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, at the Annenberg Space for Photography, and at the Natural History Museum in London.  

In 2008 I was designated a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, one of only 60 photographers in the world to receive this honor.