Influencing the photography of J Henry Fair

J Henry Fair's photographs uniquely capture the human impact on the landscape. Yet there is a rich history of artists and photographers that have interpreted their environmental concerns through creative expression. We asked Fair to provide us a list of some of the artists that have influenced his work, as well as other artists who are currently working in a similar vein.

Some artists that have influenced J Henry Fair's environmental approach

Charles Sheeler - "A painter and photographer who reveled in the beauty of industry and machines"

The Italian Futurists - "Celebrated the beauty of machines as the pinnacle of human achievement. Introduced a wonderful dynamism to their best work, and toyed with abstraction."

Wassily Kandinsky - "His exploration of abstraction, and the interaction of basic shapes and colors which alternated between abstract and literal, created a wonderful dynamic."

Alberto Giacometti - "Examined the place of the individual in the modern world, and the diminishment that industry and commerce impose."

Edward Weston - "One of the earliest photographers exploring shapes and the interplay of light, exploring the interaction between abstract and literal."

Walker Evans - "Documented a disappearing culture, the end of American regional uniqueness, and the impact of the economy on individuals and localities."

László Moholy-Nagy - "A photographer who started to move away from the obvious literal application of the medium."

Oskar Schlemmer - "Bauhaus master of many media who explored the interplay between man and machine."

Artists who work in a similar space currently

Emmett Gowan - "I think of his black and whites, often aerial, of industry and pollution."

Richard Misrach - "Humans impacted by industry."

Jann Arthus Bertrand - "Wonderful aerial abstracts of man-made shapes."

Edward Burtinsky - "Similar to my work, though less abstract. Beautiful images of industrial impacts, done with large format."

About the author

Avishay Artsy is the afternoon news producer for KCRW in Santa Monica.


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