Magazine article Geographical

Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption

Magazine article Geographical

Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption

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INDUSTRIAL SCARS: The Hidden Costs of Consumption by J Henry Fair; Papadakis; 30 [pounds sterling] (hardback)

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Pollution can be full of colour. In Industrial Scars, photographer J Henry Fair shows how extracting minerals and fossil fuels is often a vivid affair. The 'Hidden' part of the book's subtitle is a misnomer, however, as many of Fair's subjects are wide open landscapes such as mines and river deltas, or whole buildings such as pesticide plants and steel mills. Though these places are often out of bounds to the general public, his airplane-mounted equipment means that any large industrial project is fair game.

Heights, as well as the photographer's promise that no images are digitally enhanced, means that it's the iridescent, strange shapes of his work that astonishes. Be it the blood orange hues of an aluminium refinery, the aquamarine threads of fertiliser run-off, or the sheen of an oil slick. The beauty is unsettling. …

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