Camille Seaman was born in 1969 to a Native American (Shinnecock tribe) father and African American mother. She graduated in 1992 from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and has since taken master workshops with Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado, and Paul Fusco.
Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Italian Geo, The New York Times Sunday magazine, Newsweek, Outside, Zeit Wissen, Men’s Journal, Camera Arts, Issues, PDN, and American Photo among many others, She frequently leads photographic and self-publishing workshops. Her photographs have received many awards including: a National Geographic Award, 2006; and the Critical Mass Top Monograph Award, 2007.
In 2008 she was honored with a one-person exhibition, “The Last Iceberg” at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC. Camille Seaman lives in Emeryville, California, and takes photographs all over the world using digital and film cameras in multiple formats. She works in a documentary/fine art tradition and since 2003 has concentrated on the fragile environment of the Polar Regions.
Seaman has spent months at a time over the last ten years, in the Arctic regions of Greenland, and Antarctica, photographing icebergs that are gradually melting. She notes, “I approach the images of icebergs as portraits of individuals, much like family photos of my ancestors. I seek a moment in their life in which they convey their unique personality.” For another project, the photographer drove 5,600 miles in less than ten days, documenting a storm system known as a “supercell,” producing spectacular images of light, shadow, and cloud as individualistic as those of the icebergs. Seamen’s remarkable large-scale photographs are natural shots that look almost uncanny, reminding the viewer of the unfamiliar shapes that occupy our world, and reconfiguring the strange as the personal.