Tama Baldwin is a photographer and writer whose current projects include polar climate change, the absence of natural darkness, and the politics of water in North America. She has degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Salisbury State University, The State University of New York, and Ohio University. Her writing has appeared in dozens of journals such as Fourth Genre, Ms Magazine, Poetry, The Ohio Review, The Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Fiction International, Poetry International, and Gulf Coast Review. She has received an Illinois Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, a Fulbright, as well as residencies at Yaddo, McDowell, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
In July and August 2013 she joined a team of artists and scientists surveying archeological sites in the arctic as part of the Aldo Leonardo Wilderness Art and Science Collaboration sponsored by the Colorado Arts Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Foundation. Her work has appeared recently in group shows including the Royal Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and the Minneapolis Photo Center. Some of her images on arctic Alaska are featured in the current issue of Contemporary Photography, a publication of the Royal Photographic Society. A series of her photographs of a river in eastern Ontario is included in The River, a nonfiction work by Helen Humphreys (ECW Press, October, 2015).
In the fall of 2015 she was an artist-in-residence at the Carpenter Ranch on the Yampa River as part of a Water/Land focused collaboration between the Nature Conservancy and the Colorado Arts Ranch, and her work there sparked her interest in the politics of water in North America. She returned to the Carpenter Ranch during the Winter of 2016 and spent time as an artist in residence at the National Water Centre in Ontario Canada this past November. In October of 2016, she joined the Arctic Circle’s expedition team of artists and scientists sailing around the island of Svalbard to explore sites of human habitation in the high arctic.