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. Her photographic work has appeared recently in group shows including the Royal Photographic Society Annual Exhibition, the CENTER exhibit Art and Oppression at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography, Grand Rapids Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Photo Center. Some of her images on arctic Alaska were featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Contemporary Photography, a publication of the Royal Photographic Society, and two dozen of her photographs of a river in eastern Ontario are included in The River, a nonfiction work by Helen Humphreys (ECW Press, October, 2015).
Much of her work in the last three years has been sponsored in part by residencies such as the Aldo Leonardo Art and Science Wilderness Collaboration which took her to archeological sites in the Western Arctic National Parklands in far northwest Alaska. 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.. 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.