Garth Lenz is an editorial and fine art photographer based on the west coast of Canada. Though originally trained as a classical pianist, Lenz turned to his other lifelong passion, photography, shortly after completing his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance.
The world’s old growth forests and deforestation have been major focuses throughout Lenz’s career and in recent years much of Lenz’s photography has centered around the world of fossil fuel production, climate change, and their associated impacts on the natural environment and indigenous populations. Throughout his entire career, the contrast between the industrial and the natural landscape has remained a central theme in Lenz’s work.
Lenz often photographs from the air as a means to document some of the planets largest remaining intact ecosystems as well as the unprecedented scale of industrialism’s environmental impact. This is particularly evident in his current exhibit, The True Cost of Oil, which continues to receive worldwide attention. Published in some of the most prestigious editorial and fine art publications, his work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Belgium, Mexico City, at Germany’s GDT photography festival and in other many major art and photography centers. It has also received significant awards in international photography competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the International Photography Awards, and the Prix de la Photographie Paris.
A popular public speaker, Lenz has been invited to address major corporations, government bodies, and academic centers on the issues of conservation and sustainability. His audiences have included The New York Times, the European Parliament, Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard universities, the Royal Geographical Society, and London’s Natural History Museum among many others.
Now translated in 24 languages Lenz’s TED talk, The True Cost of Oil,has received over 830,000 views online.
In 2009, in recognition of the role his work has played in advancing conservation, Lenz was named a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, one of only 60 photographers in the world to receive this honor.