Indian-born artist-educator-activist Subhankar Banerjee uses photography to raise awareness of issues that threaten the health and well being of our planet. Since late 2000, he has focused his efforts on indigenous human rights and land conservation issues in the Arctic.
Born in India in 1967, Banerjee received his bachelor’s degree in engineering before moving to the United States, where he obtained master’s degrees in physics and computer science. Before starting his career in photography, Banerjee worked in scientific fields for six years, with Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and Boeing in Seattle. His first professional photographic project culminated in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land. Solo exhibits of Banerjee’s Arctic Refuge photographs have been on display in over fifty individual and group exhibits in the United States and Europe, and published in over one hundred magazines and newspapers internationally.
He has lectured extensively to educate the public about land conservation, resource wars, and cultural diversity issues.
Subhankar has received many awards, including inaugural Cultural Freedom Fellowship from Lannan Foundation (2003), inaugural Greenleaf Artist Award from United Nations Environment Programme (2005), National Conservation Achievement Award from National Wildlife Federation (2003), Special Achievement Award from Sierra Club (2003), Housberg Award from Alaska Conservation Foundation (2002), and was named an Arctic Hero by Alaska Wilderness League (2010). Subhankar also received a 2012 Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar and artist-in residence at numerous institutions, including the University of Utah, Dartmouth College, Princeton and Fordham University.
For more information on the artist and his upcoming exhibits and events, visit www.subhankarbanerjee.org.