J. HENRY FAIR
What is photographic style?
Does it consist of repetition of certain elements, such as lighting or backdrop; or perhaps a filter in front of the lens to repeat a "look"?
Grainy black and white film anyone?
Having photographed everything from jewelry that was so expensive as to require an armed guard on the set, to some of the nastiest toxic sites known to man, from the world's greatest opera singers to the grimiest mine workers, my conclusion is that style is the approach to the job and the subject.
I view my work as a catalyst. My pictures should make something happen, whether it's saving 100 acres of precious wildlands in the middle of suburbia, or illustrating for Steinway the one-of-a-kind assembly of their instruments, the photographs affect the world in a larger way.
Otherwise, it's just a picture.
About J. Henry Fair
J. Henry Fair is best known for the photographic series, “Industrial Scars” (2010-), which portrays the devastation that environmental destruction has wrought throughout the world. The photographs are descriptive, with subjects such as drilling, mining, farming, and global warming, and yet formally abstract. Clean and color-saturated aerial images contort beauty with waste, nature with human actions, as in his images of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Continually bringing important issues to the public conscience, Fair’s images—described by the New York Times as the “toxic sublime”—walk the line between subjective and objective, art and documentation.