from The Fund for Environmental Journalism.

As a Community Fellow with the Open Society

Institute (Baltimore), he co-directed the

innovative program Healing Images, providing

digital cameras, instruction and therapy to

survivors of torture. His current projects

investigate the rise of wind energy in the

Midwest, the precarious conditions of Burmese

Chin refugees in India, the upsurge of diabetes

in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the social and

environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas

development in Pennsylvania.

Steven Rubin

Steven Rubin is an Associate Professor of Art in

the Photography Department at Penn State

University. Previously, he worked for more than

twenty years as a freelance photojournalist

and documentary photographer, traveling on

assignment around the world and throughout

the United States.

His photographs have been published in The

New York Times Magazine, National Geographic,

Time, Newsweek and The Village Voice,

and internationally in Stern, GEO, Focus,

L’Express and The London Independent Magazine,

among numerous other publications.

His work has been exhibited across the United

States and in Europe, Asia and Central

America. A Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in

northeast India, he is also the recipient of the

Leica Medal of Excellence, a New York

Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, a

Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, an Alicia

Patterson Journalism Fellowship and a grant

“The photographs and poem included in the

exhibition are part of Shale Play, a book of

documentary poems and color photographs

created between 2012 and 2017 with poet

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, in response to the rush

to exploit the Marcellus Shale natural gas

formation in Pennsylvania by means of the

controversial well stimulation method commonly

called fracking.

The photograph here depicts a farm silo and

Chevron gas condensate tanks on the Honsaker

Farm in Masontown, German Township,

Fayette County, Pennsylvania. In many Pennsylvania

communities, farmers no longer find

dairy and crop farming profitable, but they

can gain substantial profit from leasing their

land for natural gas development.”

Steven Rubin | April 2018

Silo and Chevron gas condensate tanks

Pigmented inkjet print

41 x 61 cm | 2015


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