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San Francisco

Seeing It All: Changing the World One Photo at a Time

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Neuroscientist, writer and stage director Indre Viskontas will be joined by world-renowned photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and co-founder of the BigPicture photography competition and exhibit curator Rhonda Rubinstein for a conversation about the power of images to change how we see the world, raise awareness about the most urgent environmental issues, and spark action. This event will also feature the work of McArthur and other photographers in Seeing It All: Women Photographers Expose Our Planet, the latest publication from BigPicture and the California Academy of Sciences.

Written by Rubinstein, Seeing It All features more than 125 photos by female BigPicture award recipients and jurors, whose incredible images illustrate the extraordinary complexity of the natural world and expose how we—humans, animals, nature—are living together now. Featuring a foreword by renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and essays by Indre Viskontas and Rebecca Solnit, this important book presents new perspectives of rarely seen animals, places, and conservation around the world. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

MLF Organizer
Anne W. Smith

This program has 2 types of tickets available: in-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

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Wed, Feb 28 / 5:30 PM PST

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Image - Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur

Photojournalist; Author; Founder, We Animals Media

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Rhonda Rubinstein

Co-founder, BigPicture Natural World Photography; Creative Director, California Academy of Sciences; Curator and Editor, Seeing it All

Image - Indre Viskontas

Dr. Indre Viskontas

M.M., Ph.D., Neuroscientist; Opera Stage Director; Associate Professor of Psychology, University of San Francisco; Faculty Member, San Francisco Conservatory of Music—Moderator

Image - Debra Reabock

Debra Reabock

Reabock Photography—Host


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m program
6:30 p.m. book signing and reception
(all times Pacific)


$10 members of Commonwealth Club World Affairs or Californica Academy of Sciences
$20 nonmembers
$55 members of Commonwealth Club World Affairs or Californica Academy of Sciences with a book
$65 nonmembers with a book
Free for members
$5 nonmembers