J. Henry Fair
J. Henry Fair tells stories about people and things that affect people, principally with photographs that are immediately compelling, but contain many subsequent layers of information to be made available to the inquisitive audience.
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, in time to witness the race riots there, a sensitivity to injustice has always informed his work. Some of his other projects include the founding of the Wolf Conservation Center, an education and species survival institution, and numerous open-space/habitat preservation initiatives. He is based in New York City and Berlin, but travels constantly. His new book, “Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption,” a story about how things are made and what are the consequences left behind, is being published by Papadakis of London.
Speaking about his “Industrial Scars” series, Roberta Smith, chief art critic of “The New York Times” said “the vivid color photographs of J. Henry Fair lead an uneasy double life as potent records of environmental pollution and as ersatz evocations of abstract painting … information and form work together, to devastating effect.”
Fair’s work has been featured by The TODAY Show, CNN, NPR’s Marketplace, and WDR German TV, as well as most major publications, including “The New York Times,” “National Geographic,” “Vanity Fair,” “Rolling Stone,” “Die Zeit,” “Le Figaro,” “Harper’s,” “Smithsonian,” and “Scientific American.” Additionally, Fair’s work travels around the world as exhibitions at major museums, galleries, and educational institutions.
His current project is a portrait of the coastlines of the U.S. with an eye to climate change and ocean rise preparedness.
His photography entitled Arsenic and Water is on display on Concourse B.
Artist headshot source: J Henry Fair on YouTube