World renowned eco-photojournalist J. Henry Fair will appear at two special events in Keene: October 24 at Keene State College, and October 25 at Antioch University New England. Fair, a committed artist and ardent environmental activist, is best known for his remarkable Industrial Scars photographic series and is cover artist for Whole Terrain’s new volume on the theme of Heresy. Both events are free and open to the public.
Through large-scale aerial photo shoots and accompanying documentary research, Fair’s work explores the environmental impact of our consumer society, with subjects ranging from the impact of gas drilling, coal mining, and factory farming to the detritus of tar sands, oil spills, and mountaintop removal. In small airplanes, he circles what he calls “industrial scars” and photographs the effects these operations have on our environment with a bird’s-eye perspective.
Fair authored The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis, a collection of abstract images of environmental nightmares interspersed with essays by prominent authors, scientists, and environmentalists. His work has been published in the New York Times, magazines National Geographic, Vanity Fair, TIME, and New York, and featured on the Today television program and Marketplace radio program. Fair has had touring photography exhibits in the United States, Europe, and Asia.