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Subhankar Banerjee


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 forty 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. He collaborates with Art for the Environment, an educational outreach initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Natural World Museum. He has received many awards for his Arctic work including an inaugural Greenleaf Artist Award from the United Nations Environment Programme and a Cultural Freedom Fellowship from Lannan Foundation. Since 2006, Banerjee has been a visiting scholar in the College of Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. He will also be the Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College during the winter 2009 quarter. He serves on the advisory board of Blue Earth Alliance. Banerjee and his wife Nora live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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