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November 10, 2008

Seattle Photographer Shares Arctic Tales

The Last Polar Bear with Steven Kazlowski
Lecture and Book Signing
Seattle Town Hall
Thurs., Dec. 4, 7 pm

Seattle – Experience a rare glimpse into the vast and unforgiving landscape of the Alaskan Arctic when Seattle photographer Steven Kazlowski shares tales of his travels to the Arctic and signs copies of his book, The Last Polar Bear, on Thurs., Dec. 4 at 7 pm at Seattle’s Town Hall. Kazlowski has spent eight years in the rarely visited Arctic, capturing photographs of polar bears in their natural habitat. His work is on view in a special exhibit at the Burke Museum now through Dec. 31.

Kazlowski, a marine biologist-turned-nature photographer, will share his award-winning images and observations about polar bears, revealing the challenges and thrills of photographing in the Arctic. Through Kazlowski’s slides and stories, audiences will witness one of nature’s most majestic creatures—the polar bear—and encounter the challenges facing their fragile, complex environment.

The Last Polar Bear, has been well-received, hailed as “both a call to the heart and a call to arms.” The Seattle Times declares, “most people will be drawn to this book by the photos, which capture an animal that truly qualifies for the overused moniker magnificent’ — polar bears hunting, mothering, swimming, playing — more up-close and personal than you've ever seen them before.”

Kazlowski’s photographs are featured at the Burke Museum the current exhibit, The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World, on view now through Dec. 31. Over 40 large color photographs document the polar bear in its coastal habitat from Canada to Alaska.

This lecture and book signing is presented by the Burke Museum, Braided River, Alaska Wilderness League, Sierra Club, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 206-543-9681. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for Burke members and students. Seattle’s Town Hall is located at 8th Avenue and Seneca Street. Enter on 8th Avenue.

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Curious bear at a truck window (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
Curious bear at a truck window (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge)
Photo by Steven Kazlowski/www.lefteyepro.com