FrontRunners: Picturing The Last Wilderness

  • Gay Van Ausdall

Subhankar Banerjee has no fear of the wilderness. In 2001, he set out on a two-year, 4,000-mile quest to photograph the fragile, remote region of northeastern Alaska during all four seasons. His haunting images can be seen in The Last Wilderness at the Gerald Peters Gallery (212.628.9760, www.gpgallery.com) in Manhattan from September 9 through October 16. Thirty large-format color photographs chronicle Banerjee’s journey with an Inupiat guide across 19.5 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Through simple compositions and subdued lighting, he highlights the ecological diversity of the territory. His exhibit became part of the national debate on opening the refuge to oil drilling when it appeared at the Smithsonian in 2003. After some controversy, officials moved the display to a lower room and deleted text advocating preservation from the captions. Nevertheless, the panoramas of musk oxen in ice fog, a caribou migration, and wildflowers in the Kongakut Valley remain an eloquent testament to Banerjee’s lifelong passion for the wild.

Read Next Article >>
Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries
The Vernacular Imagery, Photobooks & Fine Photographs auction is scheduled for December 11…
The auction will offer examples of all but six of René Lalique’s clock designs…
Photo by Riccardo Urnato
Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s birth is the release...
The November sale will offer 17 one-of-a-kind fountain pens made using the painstaking maki-e...
The new game board can be customized to any taste…
Indelible equestrian forms harness  their creator’s strength.  At his darkest hour, an English...
The Omas Le Citta Granada (www.omas.com) is the sophomore entry in the Italian pen company’s newest...
Photo by StudioPhotoArtisan
The company used a number of traditional Japanese lacquering techniques to decorate its new pen…
Items being offered at the October 22 auction include an early sound synthesizer and a rare Apple-1...
The set features pieces for both games, including a knight piece based on the Prancing Horse logo…