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Photographer J Henry Fair is best known for his Industrial Scars series, in which he researches our world’s most egregious environmental disasters and creates images that are simultaneously stunning and horrifying. His photographs captivate audiences, as they more closely resemble abstract paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock than the disturbing scenes of actual reality that they depict. Mr. Fair’s work has been featured in segments on the TODAY Show, CNN, FOX News, and WDR German TV, as well as in most major publications, including National Geographic, TIME, New York Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, and GQ. Additionally, Mr. Fair’s work travels around the world in fine art exhibitions at major museums, galleries, and educational institutions.

Mr. Fair has an active lecture schedule, presenting photographic symposia to audiences in the US and abroad. Recent engagements include The Collegiate School, Bloomberg, Die Spedition, and Green Mountain College, where Mr. Fair will return this fall for an artist-in-residency. He gives readers a first-hand look inside the important issues he studies, writing and blogging about art and the environment, and is a regular contributor to NRDC’s OnEarth Magazine.

J Henry Fair supports a number of environmental organizations that share his commitment to changing destructive consumer habits and effecting positive change in our environment. He is co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, an organization that is dedicated to the protection of and education about the world’s wolf population. Mr. Fair’s first book, The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis will be released Fall, 2010, published by powerHouse Books in cooperation with Random House. His work is represented exclusively in New York City and Santa Fe by Gerald Peters Gallery.

Entries by J Henry Fair

Albrecht Dürer

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Art and technology are cautious dance partners. Starting with cave painting, every means of expression beyond the voice and log drum required the development of a medium for its embodiment. This desire for expression is the essence of art, and drives artists to explore new media, which can be anything...

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Individual Acts

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Several years ago, an editorial in Orion Magazine started me thinking: One of the greatest obstacles to positive action is the feeling of futility. What can I -- as one caring person -- do in the face of the catastrophic directions of our economy? Forget shorter showers, it...

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Sunset of American Hegemony

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 5:22 PM

The sunny days of unrivaled U.S. world domination after the implosion of the Soviet cloud could not last forever.

For years the creeping erosion of American hegemony has been evident, from the offshoring of manufacturing jobs which ultimately led to the demise of the middle class, to the defunding of...

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Heaven Help Us

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:33 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

The German word for sky, Himmel, is also the word for heaven. Heaven is the place God resides, to which the "worthy" will ascend upon succumbing...

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Disaster Economy (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Between the payback presidential visits, the signs, and the advertising campaigns, one quickly gets the message that it takes more than a little hurricane to get New Jersey down. And on the first weekend of June, the casual over-flyer could have certainly almost missed the few remaining stick piles, bisected...

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The Gas Bubble

(56) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 4:49 PM

Market bubbles come and go, but they all have things in common: a few people get rich, a lot of people get taken, and a mess is left for the taxpayers to clean up. To understand the hydro-fracking bubble, there are some things one must know: each well only produces...

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Craft

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:58 PM

It's often been observed that one must leave the country of birth to see it more clearly, a truism that applies to politics, but also to art. The exhibit of Walker Evans at Die Photographische Sammlung in Köln is a perfect case in point. Evans was a multi-talented photographer whose...

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The Flowback

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:35 PM

One could lament the fact that the burden of proof is greater on the injured, and thus they must be ever more careful in their assertions, or just proceed accordingly. When the anti-fracking magazine The Flowback contacted us, wanting pictures to illustrate its well-founded arguments against hydro-fracking, we should have...

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Scientists

(14) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:39 PM

Recently I went to a party with eminent scientists, mostly geologists and climatologists, from a major institute. A gathering of scientists is my dream scenario: Go from conversation to conversation with people who actually have some answers, and no small talk. They are a cautious lot by nature, always couching...

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Documenta 13

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Documenta is a decadal European art fair that attempts to give an overview of the contemporary world art scene, or at least those aspects of it that the given curator (this year, Carolyin Christov-Bakargiev) finds most important. I recently attended the Venice Bienale, a similar event, and went away feeling...

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Heartland Furor

(55) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 4:19 PM

Peter Gleick is a hero, and a man of gumption. It's amusingly ironic that he is being lambasted for using a slight deception to obtain documents from one of the foisters of the grand deception of our day -- the denial of climate change. The Heartland Institute has been doing...

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The Journey East (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 12:00 AM

It's autumn in the very east of Germany, just along the border with Poland. The train is a small regional, stopping in every town. They are generally picturesque, with small houses in the quaint German style, with a town center. The area seems not much changed since reunification.

This is...

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The Coal Ash Dilemma

(5) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 4:16 PM

The East Coast of the USA is a fairly agreeable place in the politico-geography of the planet. There are no wars, little crime, comparatively stable economy, and relative prosperity. People are accustomed to this calm and prosperity, and disruption unnerves and upsets. The media, of course, play to this, and...

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This Little Piggy Went to Market...

(20) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 5:13 PM

In a seminal piece of writing, and a turning point in American journalism, Upton Sinclair exposed the atrocities of the meat-packing industry, which constituted a threat to public health, an extreme danger to the workers in the industry, and deplorably cruel treatment of animals. His monumental opus involved undercover research...

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All the Gas in Texas

(5) Comments | Posted June 1, 2011 | 1:34 PM

Flying from El Paso to Atlanta, the ground below appears to be covered with a patchwork quilt of white squares with white connecting lines between them. Thousands upon thousands, continuing endlessly into infinity. All gas drilling pads. And why should I care what they do in Texas? The land of...

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The Wizards of Finance -- Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 3:24 PM

One of the most interesting thing about carbon energy is its propensity for continuous monetization. The definition of sustainable energy includes perpetual utilization of the free. So of course capital has proportionally less interest in sustainability. And they're a clever lot, those wizards.

Massey Coal is an easy target with...

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The Wizards of Finance

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 9:05 AM

The Wizards of Finance are slowly backing away from mountaintop removal mining (MTR) like the well-brought up from a drunk, puking, distant cousin. A recent news item indicates that PNC bank will no longer finance the executors of this particularly heinous form of extraction. They follow the good...

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Hungarian Bauxite

(4) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 2:50 PM

As an avid connoisseur of bauxite sludge impoundments, I have studied with envy the photographs from the recent disaster in Hungary. Bauxite waste has a characteristic red color that is particularly photogenic, and I have traveled far and wide to find it. Environmental disasters range from the visible to the...

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Coal Ash: The Hidden Menace (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 4:20 PM

There is a hidden menace in your neighborhood, poisoning your water, creeping into your house and surrounding you and your family with a host of toxins: lead, mercury, cadmium and uranium.

Powerful interests are profiting from your ignorance of the facts and investing heavily in the continued lack of attention....

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Carbon Handprint

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 5:15 PM

I write this sitting in a Boeing 757, jetting back from the Gulf to NYC. My name is Henry Fair, and I am powerless with petroleum. But I will try to do better.

The news is that BP has lowered a new, tight-fitting cap over the top of the...

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