Gregory Colbert


Gregory Colbert is a photographer and filmmaker and the creator of an exhibition called Ashes and Snow. The exhibition is gallery experience like no other. It immerses the viewer in nature, the art combines photographs, film and soundscapes. All of the work is housed in a specially built traveling structure call the Nomadic Museum. So far the Ashes and Snow gallery experience has attracted over 10 million visitors. That makes it the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history.

Gregory was born in 1960 in Toronto, Canada. His early career was as Parisian documentary film maker in the early 1980’s. Timewaves was his first exhibition in 1992. The Museum of Elysee in Switzerland housed the critically acclaimed exhibition in 1992. Colbert went off the grid for the next ten years not showing any films or exhibiting his art. During that time he began to travel the world photographing and filming the interactions between animals and humans.

  • When they sleep, the elephants lie down in the sky and dream with one eye open. -Gary Colbert


I have been tusked by an elephant, almost eaten by a sperm whale, knocked off my feet by a rhinoceros, embraced by a jaguar, given a haircut by a tiger shark, chased by a hippo and a black mamba, brought to my knees by malaria and dengue. But I was always able to avoid the greatest danger of all. Never stop exploring the things that open you, or that you love. Gregory Colbert

You can see more of Gregories work at https://gregorycolbert.com/#!ashesandsnowGalleryAlt

I let the animals lead and invite them to express their own sensibilities in their own voices.
A conversation with an animal begins by watching gestures and reading facial cues. It is a nonverbal conversation. You do not think an elephant. You try to feel it. –Gregory Colbert

 

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