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Pete McBride

Coloradan Pete McBride is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and writer who has worked on assignments in over 75 countries for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian and Google and presented on stages for The World Economic Forum, Nat Geo Live, Pixar and more. In 2016, McBride hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park—over 750 miles without a trail and his book, Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim won a National Outdoor Book Award and his feature documentary, Into the Canyon was nominated for an Emmy. His latest book, Seeing Silence, was named book of the year by Smithsonian magazine. McBride resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Presentation: Seeing Silence

In a world ever more congested and polluted with both toxins and noise, award-winning photographer Pete McBride takes audiences on a once-in-a-lifetime escape to find places of peace and quiet—a pole-to-pole, continent-by-continent quest for the soul.

We tend to think of silence as the absence of sound, but it is actually the void where we can hear the sublime notes of nature. In this talk, photographer Pete McBride reveals the wonders of these hushed places through imagery and stories—from the thin-air flanks of Mount Everest to the depths of the Grand Canyon, from the high-altitude vistas of the Atacama to the African savannah, and from the Antarctic Peninsula to the flowing waters of the Ganges and Nile.

These places remind us of the magic of being “truly away” and how such places are vanishing. Often showing beauty from vantages where no other photographer has ever stood, Seeing Silence is a seven-continent visual tour of global quietude—and the power in nature’s own sounds—that will both inspire and calm.


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