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The Photographs (And More) Of Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee is an internationally known writer, environmental activist and scholar.  He is also an extraordinary photographer and has said that photography, for him, is a portal to activism and knowledge.  Several of his large-scale photographs of Arctic Alaska are now on display in Long Environmentalism in the Near North, Subhankar Banerjee: Activism – Photographs – Writing at the UNM Art Museum in Albuquerque.

Banerjee heads the Land Arts of the American West program at UNM, where he also teaches art and ecology.  "Art for me and activism for me got enmeshed very early in my life," he says.  "Art has a strong role to play in helping us change direction, in helping us to understand and then take action."

In this longer version of the interview, Professor Banerjee talks specifically about two of the photographs in the UNM exhibit, "Caribou Tracks on Coal Seams II" and "Known and Unknown Tracks," and he discusses the surprising relationship in the exhibit between its photographs and its wall text.


Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.