J Henry Fair

J Henry Fair uses pictures to tell stories about people and things that affect people. He is based in New York City and Berlin but travels constantly.

His recent book, Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption, published by Papadakis of London, sold out the first printing. His new book On The Edge: From Combahee To Winyah, will be published in spring 2018.

Plume of foam in bauxite waste from aluminum refinery

Speaking about his “Industrial Scars” series, Roberta Smith, chief art critic of The New York Times said “The vivid colour 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.

Born in Charleston in time to witness the race riots there, a sensitivity to injustice has always informed his work.

Some of Fair’s other projects include the founding of the Wolf Conservation Center, 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.

Acidic radioactive phosphate fertlizer waste