Galapagos - Habitat and Inhabitants

An exhibition of photographs by José Alejandro Alvarez at IMBA

During a research expedition together with Francesca von Habsburg and the tba21 group, Josef Penninger was introduced to the underwater photographer José Alejandro Alvarez.

“I find it very fascinating how José travels to some of the most remote places on earth and is able to capture the beauty of these widely untouched environments and their inhabitants.” Josef Penninger

Over the course of two weeks mostly spent on a boat travelling between the Islands of Galapagos, José told me a great deal about his activities, projects and what he does to protect the marine ecosystems of this planet. We want to raise awareness for this cause. That’s why I’m really happy that we can welcome him here at IMBA. It is a great privilege to present his works and share those great experiences with a wider audience. The photographs chosen in this exhibition portray the widely untouched biosphere as well as native animals above and below the surface of the sea.

The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands located in the Pacific Ocean, distributed on either side of the Equator. Since Charles Darwin landed on Galapagos with the HMS Beagle in 1835 the Islands have been of great interest for scientists. The Islands are most famous for their unique fauna and flora. The Galapagos tortoises, the flightless cormorant and the Darwin finches just to name a few. They are one of the last environments where the impact of humans has been largely minimized and biologists are still able to discover and study new species. Nevertheless, the increasing human population, the sharp rise in tourism and the pressure by industrial fishing is jeopardizing this unique ecosystem. That’s why it’s important to draw attention to conservational activities.

“I found that images are a very powerful and necessary tool to pursue that goal, since our marine ecosystems are declining at a very fast pace”. José Alejandro Alvarez

Information about the photographer

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