AES - Using Art to Save the World

Leading environmentalist, photographer, and co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, J. Henry Fair will present images from his latest photobook, Industrial Scars:  Hidden Costs of Consumption and will discuss how a person's passion for art can be focused on social issues in order to amplify and expand art's reach and power.

Industrial Scars is a project that exploits the irony of making beautiful images from toxic waste to communicate a message about the damage wreaked on our planetary life support systems by the disposable consumer society.  It takes as a premise that the electoral system is broken, and that politicians are beholden to corporate interests, not those of the citizenry.  Conversely, corporations are very sensitive to the demands of their consumers.  The objective of this series is to promote dialog, and prompt viewers to consider the consequences of their purchase decisions.

Speaker Biography 

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.  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, was recently 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. Fair’s work travels around the world as exhibitions at major museums, galleries, and educational institutions.

Born in Charleston South Carolina, USA 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 NY, an education and species survival institution, and numerous open-space/habitat preservation initiatives.

His current project is a portrait of the coastlines of the USA with an eye to climate change and ocean rise preparedness.

Copies of Industrial Scars will be available for purchase and signing after Mr. Fair’s presentation. 

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Time: 6pm - 8pm

6:00 to 6:30 pm:  Reception
6:30 to 7:30 pm:  Presentation by J. Henry Fair
7:30 to 8:00 pm:  Q&A, book signing 

Venue:  Bryant Park Corporation, Suite 2400
5 Bryant Park
aka 1065 Avenue of Americas (6th Ave.)
NOTE: Entrances to 5 Bryant Park are located on both 40th and 41st streets b/n 6th Ave. and Broadway. No entry from 6th Ave. itself.


$15 Member and Member’s Guest (limit one per member)
$30 Alumni Non-Member
$40 Non-Alumni

Please note that no refunds will be issued.

Sponsors John O’Donnell ’77, Ken Shoji ‘92


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Date & Location

Date: 2/22/2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Bryant Park Corporation
5 Bryant Park
aka 1065 Avenue of Americas (6th Ave.)
NOTE: Entrances to 5 Bryant Park are located on both 40th and 41st streets b/n 6th Ave. and Broadway. No entry from 6th Ave. itself.