Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know

May 14, 2011August 28, 2011

An exhibition of large-scale, contemporary photographs by the artist Subhankar Banerjee (b. 1967) is on view this summer. The subject of this series is the landscape surrounding the artist’s home near Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the incredible variety of flora and fauna that he discovered therein.

Like Ansel Adams (1902–1984) and Eliot Porter (1902–1990) before him, Banerjee is aligned with a preservation tradition as expressed through photography. His panoramic portraits of old-growth piñon trees, many of which are dying due to a historic infestation of the tiny bark beetle, Ips confusus, serve as poignant hallmarks of the close proximity of global transformation to the artist’s own home.

Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian-born American photographer, writer, and activist. His photographs of the Arctic regions of Alaska and Siberia have been exhibited in more than fifty museums and galleries in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. He founded the website Climate Story Tellers and is currently editing an anthology titled Arctic Voices. Banerjee will visit the museum to give a public lecture about his work on Thursday, June 9.


I would like to say thank you to the Amon Carter Museum for exhibiting the work of Subhankar Banerjee, and also thank the artist and scientist for his work. The photographs warrant a long hard look and provoke thought about how the subtle changes we see around us are important to observe and record. If for example at Kimzey Park in Colleyville, if we come across plastic that a Great Blue Heron or other creature might mistake for food we need to remove it, and consider how our community can do a better job of keeping plastic out of our waterways and protect our environment.

Subhankar is a compelling speaker -- I highly recommend this talk to anyone interested in photography and/or environmental issues. Can't wait to see this show!

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