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from The Fund for

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