About Carl Galie
Carl Galie is a North Carolina photographer who has devoted his work to conservation issues for the last 18 years. Galie’s photographs of the Roanoke River basin have helped protect and preserve that region since 1995 when he received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Winston-Salem, Forsyth County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council to photograph the Roanoke River Basin for the purpose of publishing the book Vision Quest, A Visual Journey Through North Carolina's Lower Roanoke River Basin, published by Red Maple Press. An exhibition of prints from the book opened in Winston-Salem at the Salem College Fine Art Center Gallery in August 1999. The traveling exhibition of prints from the book was shown in a number of colleges and private galleries across North Carolina until it was donated to The Nature Conservancy in 2002. Galie’s photography of the Roanoke River Basin has been used in publications produced by The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife In North Carolina, Orion Afield magazine, the North Carolina Aquarium, Roanoke Canal Museum, Roanoke River Partners, The Southern Environmental Law Center, and by The National Park Service. In 2006 Our State magazine featured his photography of the Roanoke River Basin in their April issue when his exhibition Back To The River was on display at a number of galleries throughout North Carolina.
In 2007 Galie was awarded a Regional Artist grant from the North Carolina Arts Council for his second book project 175 Paces, which was released November 1, 2008 along with an exhibition of prints from that monograph.
In 2009 Galie began working with Appalachian Voices and The National Committee for the New River while documenting the vanishing beauty of coal country, focusing his attention on the devastating affect mountaintop removal of coal is having on our nation’s water resources. He was awarded the first Art For Conservation Grant in August 2010 for his project Lost on the Road to Oblivion, The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country and is currently collaborating with North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti on this project.
In March 2014 Carl received the Roosevelt - Ashe Conservation award for journalism for his work on mountaintop removal.