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J. Henry Fair’s exhibit, “Extraction and the American Dream,” is on display at the McCabe Library Jan 9-Feb 20. He will speak, surrounded by his work, at 12:30 on Friday, January 25th in McCabe and will give a public lecture on “Resource Extraction, Depletion, and the American Dream” in Science Center 101 on Monday, February 18th at 8:00 p.m.
New York based photographer J Henry Fair seeks to create art that compels the viewer to consider the impact a consumption-based economy has on our life support systems. He researches, travels to, and photographs toxic sites in such a way as to create compelling images that give pause to the audience. His well-known Industrial Scars series researches our world’s most egregious environmental disasters and creates images that are simultaneously stunning and horrifying. Mr. Fair’s images have been compared to abstract paintings by Georgia O’Keefe and Jackson Pollock. His first book, The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis was released in February, 2011, published by PowerHouse Books in cooperation with Random House.
Mr. Fair’s work has been featured in segments on The TODAY Show, CNN, NPR’s Marketplace, and publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, New York Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and GQ. He is also a regular blogger on art and the environment for the Huffington Post and NRDC’s OnEarth Magazine. Mr. Fair’s work travels around the world in fine art exhibitions at major museums, galleries, and educational institutions.