Quammen, Hamilton James to Present Yellowstone

David Quammen and Charlie Hamilton James will present The Once and Future Yellowstone at SHIFT on Th., Oct. 8, at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. They will replace Chris Johns, who was formerly scheduled to speak.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox announced that they were expanding their partnership in a venture that will include National Geographic’s cable channels, its magazine, digital and social platforms, maps, travel, and other media.

On Thursday, National Geographic’s Chief Content Officer Chris Johns called to inform SHIFT that, given the complexities of the $725-million deal, he would no longer be able to speak at the Festival on Th., Oct. 8, about National Geographic’s coverage of Yellowstone, the focus of its May 2016 issue.

Fortunately, a replacement plan was already in place.


David Quammen. Photo by Lynn Donaldson

Renowned writer David Quammen, who was scheduled to introduce Mr. Johns at SHIFT, quickly agreed to expand his introduction.

Mr. Quammen is in a good position to do so. He is the sole author of the Yellowstone issue—the first time in the magazine’s 127-year history that a single person has written an entire issue.

Joining Mr. Quammen will be celebrated wildlife photographer and BBC television personality Charlie Hamilton James.

Charlie Hamilton James with climbing gear in rainforest4

Charlie Hamilton James.

Mr. James, a National Geographic Magazine photographer, was one of the principal photographers for the Yellowstone issue.

The pair will collaborate in a presentation that provides a unique glimpse of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, as seen through the National Geographic lens.

Mr. Quammen, a Contributing Writer for National Geographic, is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award and an Academy Award winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

In his thirty-year-plus career, he has published hundreds of articles in magazines including Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Esquire, The Atlantic, Powder, and Rolling Stone.

Mr. James has won numerous international awards for his work, including the Royal Television Award for Cinematography (twice), the Wildscreen Award for Cinematography, and several as Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

He has been nominated for BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Emmy awards as well.

“While we are understandably disappointed the Mr. Johns will not be able to join us, the addition of Mr. James provides a unique opportunity to present Yellowstone in both word and picture,” said Beckwith. “We’re excited to celebrate this magnificent ecosystem with two of the preeminent artists in the world.”

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