NINA BERMAN | Industrial Intrusion


THE HOME was deserted.  The occupants had fled, no longer able to bear the industrial intrusion that turned night into day and muffled the sounds of nature that had called them to this place years ago.  Late September, after midnight,  I came upon this spot and saw an apple tree transformed,  shaking in the wind, illuminated by flames from a nearby methane flare.   The air was hot and smelled.  For some, drilling to explode gas to heat our homes and power our world is progress that promises vast wealth.   For others, it portends destruction and ecological demise.     

Apple tree, Forest Lake PA, 2011 from the series Fractured: the Shale play

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Nina Berman is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. Her work has been extensively published, exhibited and collected, receiving awards in art and journalism from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the World Press Photo Foundation and the Open Society Institute documentary photography fund among others. Her images of wounded American veterans from the Iraq War are internationally known with recent exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art 2010 Biennial, the Milano Triennale, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Princeton University. She is the author of two monographs, Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq, and Homeland, both published by Trolley. She is a member of theNOOR photo collective based in Amsterdam. She lives in New York.

Published October, 2012


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