San Francisco

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture

September 4 – 23, 2018

COAL + ICE is a documentary photography exhibition and climate festival that made its U.S. premiere in San Francisco in September 2018 to amplify the conversation about climate change. The documentary photography exhibition is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and renowned Dutch exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and features the work of over 40 photographers and video artists from around the world. COAL + ICE visually narrates the consequences triggered by the continued use of fossil fuels, following the trajectory of climate change from the dirty coal mines deep within the Earth, to the vanishing glaciers of the Greater Himalaya. The exhibition culminates in global consequences and an exploration of visionary solutions.

The U.S. premiere of COAL + ICE in San Francisco coincided with California Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit, and included a three-week climate festival of dance, music, spoken word, food, family activities, films, educational programming, and creative dialogue that invited diverse audiences to participate in a conversation about climate change.

San Francisco Events

In San Francisco, the COAL + ICE exhibition served as a stage for a three-week festival of events seeking to amplify the conversation about climate change and explore visionary solutions.


The Photographers

Bernd and Hilla Becher
Daniel Beltrá
Matt Black
David Breashears
Robert Capa
Jimmy Chin
Bruce Davidson
Cameron Davidson
John Davies
Anna Filipova
Stuart Franklin
Geng Yunsheng
Josh Haner
Lewis Hine
Thomas Hoepker
David Hurn
Joris Ivens
Nico Jesse
Gleb Kosorukov
Dolf Kruger
George Mallory
Gideon Mendel
Niu Guozheng
Clifford Ross
Vittorio Sella
David Seymour
W. Eugene Smith
Nichole Sobecki
Song Chao
Henri Storck
Ian Teh
Peter van Agtmael
Kadir van Lohuizen
Robert Wallis
Wang Mianli
Major E. O. Wheeler
Witho Worms
Wu Qi
Yang Junpo
Yu Haibo

Photographer Bios

Contributing Galleries and Archives

British Antarctic Survey
China Features / China Photo Archive
Decaneas Archive
Dutch Photo Museum
Eye Film Museum
Fondazione Sella O.n.l.u.s.
Fonds Henri Storck
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York
Magnum Photos
Panos Pictures
Royal Geographical Society
SK Stiftung Kultur
Tamasa Distribution
The National Archives
The New York Times

The Solutions Zone

Designed by the Humans of Tomorrow, from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Rushali Paratey
Regina Cantú

Hayeon Hwang
Alejandro Matamala
Ayal Rosenberg
Michael Simpson
Jasmine Soltani
Yeseul Song
Isabella Vento

With photo murals by
Jamey Stillings

Nancy Hechinger
Faculty Lead

Bay Area Art Partners

For its debut in San Francisco, COAL + ICE joined forces with a wide range of arts organizations to concurrently present climate-related exhibitions all across the Bay Area. Culture plays a pivotal role in advancing social change and artists, by creating culture, are able to uniquely address and examine our greatest challenges. Not only do artists raise awareness, they creatively engage to offer solutions and alternatives, guiding our way forward. Complete list of partner programs below.

Art Partners

Bay Area Environmental Partners

In 2018, COAL + ICE amplified the work of local and national environmental organizations who are year-round focused on combating climate change and engaged in finding solutions, encouraging audience members to join the fight and learn more about taking action on climate through these organizations.

Environmental Partners

Advisory Board

Joel Coen
Diana Cohn
Noah Cowan
Will Durst
Deirdre English
Nancy Hechinger
Gary Hirshberg
David Hochschild
Andy Karsner
Alonzo King
Frances McDormand
Nion McEvoy
Helen and John Meyer
Stephen Silberstein
Nancy Stephens
Amy Tan
Michael Tilson Thomas
Laura Tyson
Wang Shi
Glynn Washington
Alice Waters


Lead support for COAL + ICE is provided by Crankstart Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Major support is provided by Mountain Philanthropy Partners, Blum Family Foundation, C Team, Edison International, John Andrew McQuown, Parnassus Investments, Jack and Susy Wadsworth, Vanke Foundation, and Anonymous.

Generous support is provided by Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Stephen Silberstein, Global Friends, Greens Restaurant, C. Richard Kramlich, Compton Foundation, Fosun Foundation, Arjun and Diana Divecha and the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, The David Rockefeller Fund, and Wells Fargo.

Additional support is provided by American Institute of Architects, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Pisces Foundation, Nancy Stephens and Rick Rosenthal, Anonymous Fund, Panta Rhea Foundation, Caldera Foundation, Oak Foundation, HOK, UCLA Confucius Institute, and Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University.

In-kind support is provided by Meyer Sound Laboratories, Southwest, and Twilio.

COAL + ICE Exclusive News Media Sponsor: San Francisco Chronicle

COAL + ICE Climate Education Partner: The Climate Reality Project, Bay Area Chapter

COAL + ICE Knowledge Partner: Inkstone

The staff of Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Scenic, Rally, Local Tech, Indyvideo, 196 Strategies, McCune Audio Video Lighting, and Chez Panisse.



Orville Schell
Executive Producer
Jeroen de Vries,
Exhibition Designer / Co-Curator
Susan Meiselas
Leah Thompson
Tom Corwin
Festival Creative Director
Marlene Saritzky
Festival Creative Director
Chris Hammer
Technical Director
Laura Chang
Associate Producer
Don Kahler
Audio Visual Engineering Lead
Frank Ortmanns
Audio Visual  Content Lead
Jillian Schultz
Community Outreach Lead
Noopur Agarwal
Graphic Design Lead
Zoe Westbrook
Event Manager
Varun Mehra
Sustainable Food Consultant
Mark Glynne
Soundtrack Designer
Jonathan Deans
Sound Designer
Jim French
Lighting Designer
Michael Laha
Front of House Manager
Tara Nuth Kajtaniak
Education Coordinator
Tamara Rice
Web Developer
Rembrandt Boswijk
Technical Advisor
René Wissink
Rendering Artist
San Trieu
Junior Graphic Designer

Asia Society Center on U.S.-China Relations

Orville Schell
Arthur Ross Director
Laura Chang
Associate Director, U.S. Programs
Ouyang Bin
Associate Director, China Programs
Sara Segal-Williams
Assistant Director
Michael Laha
Program Officer
Muyi Xiao
Visual Editor, ChinaFile

Asia Society Northern California

Margaret Conley
Executive Director
Juan Wei
Senior Program Manager —Sustainability
Melissa La Bouff
Program Manager
Alexander Kwok
Office Manager
Matthew Rowett
Senior Program Manager–Innovation

Asia Society Communications, Marketing, and Online

Elaine Merguerian
Director of Communications
Dan Washburn
Director and Chief Content Officer
Michelle FlorCruz
Content Producer
Megan MacMurray
Associate Director of Technology