Garth Lenz is an editorial and fine art photographer based on the west coast of Canada. Originally trained as a classical pianist Garth turned to his other lifelong passion of photography shortly after completing his music degrees.
His early days focused on an investigation of the world’s old growth forests and global deforestation: exploring contrasts between industrial and natural landscapes continues to be a central theme in his career.
In recent years much of his attention has been drawn to the world of modern fossil fuel production, climate change, and their associated impacts on the landscape.
Particularly evident in the work from The True Cost of Oil, Garth often photographs from the air to better illustrate the massive scale of industrial impacts and remaining large intact ecosystems. His work has received international awards, has been published in the most prestigious editorial and fine art publications, exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Boston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Belgium, Mexico City, and also featured in Germany’s GDT photography festival as well as other major art and photography centers.
A popular public speaker, Garth has addressed major corporations, government bodies, and academic centers on the issues of conservation and sustainability. These include The New York Times, the European Parliament, Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard universities, the Royal Geographical Society, London’s Natural History Museum, and many others. His TED talk, The True Cost of Oil, has received well over 700,000 views and been translated into 23 languages.
In 2009 Garth was named a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, one of only 60 photographers in the world to receive this honor.