Photographer/filmmaker Gregory Colbert is the creator of the exhibition Ashes and Snow, an immersive experience of nature that combines photographic artworks, films, and soundscapes, housed in a purpose-built travelling structure called the Nomadic Museum. To date, Ashes and Snow has attracted over 10 million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history.
Colbert was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1960, and began his career in Paris in 1983 making documentary films on social issues. His first exhibition, Timewaves, opened to wide critical acclaim in 1992 at the Museum of Elysée in Switzerland. For the next ten years, Colbert travelled the world to photograph and film wondrous interactions between animals and humans, returning to present Ashes and Snow at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy, in 2002. Ashes and Snow opened in the first Nomadic Museum in 2005 in New York City, then travelled to Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Mexico City. It is charted to migrate around the globe with no final destination.
Colberts photographs have not been digitally collaged or superimposed; they record what the artist himself saw through the lens of his camera.