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Paul Nicklen

Ever since David Griffin - National Geographic's Director of photography - gave his TED talk on photojournalism I've been waiting for one of the featured photographers to be invited on the TED stage. Griffin talked about how photojournalist use their craft to "create a visual narrative" so the viewer is not just interested in the story but has an "emotional connection to it". Griffin ended his talk with photographs from the artic by Paul Nicklen saying, "Paul set out to photograph a relatively mysterious and unknown creature and came back with not just a collection of photographs, but an amazing experience and a great story."

In Paul Nicklen's TED talk, the photographer shares photographs and the important environmental story of the impact of disappearing sea ice in the Polar Regions. "What ice does, it acts like the soil in a garden", Nicklen reflects, "loosing that ice is like losing the soil in a garden." But Nicklen goes beyond that message in his humorous, heartfelt and inspiring TED talk; he shares his back-stories behind the story.

'TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader.

The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free. More than 200 talks from our archive are now available, with more added each week. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.'


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