Curator Selection / 2020 / /

Orangutans On a Thin Vine

  • Photographer
    Mark Edward Harris
  • Image Location
    Singapore, United States, Indonesia
  • Credit
    Mark Edward Harris

Long before genetic testing revealed a 96.4 DNA overlap between
orangutans and humans, the similarities between the two were noticed.
The name “orangutan” comes from the Malay word orang (people) and hutan (forest). I’m focusing on orangutans, because, while the future for many species is uncertain, orangutans in the wild are hanging on by a particularly thin vine. Their populations have declined significantly over the past hundred years due to habitat destruction in their native Sumatra and Borneo where forests give way to palm oil plantations. If we loose the forest we loose the orangutans.

Mark Edward Harris’ assignments have taken him to 98 countries on six continents. His editorial work has appeared in publications ranging from Vanity Fair, LIFE, and The New York Times to Time, GEO, Newsweek and Conde Nast Traveler. He is the recipient of numerous accolades including a CLIO, ACE, Aurora Gold, and IPA awards. His books include Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work, The Way of the Japanese Bath, Wanderlust, North Korea, South Korea, Inside Iran and his latest The Travel Photo Essay: Describing A Journey Through Images.

Awards 2016 ASBPE Azbee Gold Award for Excellence in Front Cover Photo for the Travel Weekly April 27, 2015 issue “Inside the Hermit Kingdom” 2016

“The Micronesians” for Civil Beat, 1st place winning series Best of the West 2016

International Photography Awards – Book of the Year “North Korea 2013

IPA Best of Show Exhibit, New York Splashlight Studios 2010
International Photography Awards “People Photography Book of the Year” 2005

Black & White Spider Awards “Photographer of the Year” 2005

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Art Rental Gallery 2005

“Travel Photographer of the Year” Single images category 2004

Book of the Year and Best of Show Awards - New York Book Show 1999

“Faces of the Twentieth Century: Master Photographers and Their Work”