Banerjee Arctic Refuge photos now in San Francisco
The photo series, “Seasons of Life and Land,” on the 19-million-acre Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge by freelance photographer Subhankar Banerjee, is now
showing at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco through December
The photos were advertised as a featured exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National
Museum of Natural History in Washington, D. C. this spring but were moved from
its prominent location to a basement hallway and stripped of their original captions
after Senator Barbara Boxer showed some of the photos during Senate energy debate.
The San Francisco exhibit opened as federal lawmakers in Washington, D. C.
began a new round of negotiations on whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic
Refuge. Twelve photos from the exhibit can be viewed on the California
Academy of Sciences website.
In early 2000, Banerjee, of Bellevue, Washington, quit his job at Boeing in
Seattle, cashed in his savings and headed to Alaska to document the Refuge’s land,
wildlife and indigenous people. Banerjee spent 14 months over a two-year period
photographing the Arctic Refuge, braving subzero temperatures and blizzards, to
document the Refuge in all 4 seasons.
In September, Banerjee was honored with a Special Achievement Award from the
Sierra Club for the publication of his book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:
Seasons of Life.