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from The Fund for Environmental Journalism.<br />

As a Community Fellow with the Open Society<br />

Institute (Baltimore), he co-directed the<br />

innovative program Healing Images, providing<br />

digital cameras, instruction and therapy to<br />

survivors of torture. His current projects<br />

investigate the rise of wind energy in the<br />

Midwest, the precarious conditions of Burmese<br />

Chin refugees in India, the upsurge of diabetes<br />

in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the social and<br />

environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas<br />

development in Pennsylvania.<br />

Steven Rubin<br />

Steven Rubin is an Associate Professor of Art in<br />

the Photography Department at Penn State<br />

University. Previously, he worked for more than<br />

twenty years as a freelance photojournalist<br />

and documentary photographer, traveling on<br />

assignment around the world and throughout<br />

the United States.<br />

His photographs have been published in The<br />

New York Times Magazine, National Geographic,<br />

Time, Newsweek and The Village Voice,<br />

and internationally in Stern, GEO, Focus,<br />

L’Express and The London Independent Magazine,<br />

among numerous other publications.<br />

His work has been exhibited across the United<br />

States and in Europe, Asia and Central<br />

America. A Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in<br />

northeast India, he is also the recipient of the<br />

Leica Medal of Excellence, a New York<br />

Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, a<br />

Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, an Alicia<br />

Patterson Journalism Fellowship and a grant<br />

“The photographs and poem included in the<br />

exhibition are part of Shale Play, a book of<br />

documentary poems and color photographs<br />

created between 2012 and 2017 with poet<br />

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, in response to the rush<br />

to exploit the Marcellus Shale natural gas<br />

formation in Pennsylvania by means of the<br />

controversial well stimulation method commonly<br />

called fracking.<br />

The photograph here depicts a farm silo and<br />

Chevron gas condensate tanks on the Honsaker<br />

Farm in Masontown, German Township,<br />

Fayette County, Pennsylvania. In many Pennsylvania<br />

communities, farmers no longer find<br />

dairy and crop farming profitable, but they<br />

can gain substantial profit from leasing their<br />

land for natural gas development.”<br />

Steven Rubin | April 2018<br />

Silo and Chevron gas condensate tanks<br />

Pigmented inkjet print<br />

41 x 61 cm | 2015<br />


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