Seen above: This plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana manufactures popular brands of paper towels and printer paper. Aerators violently agitate the waste from a pulp mill, turning the liquid to a foam, which makes patterns on the surface.
Photographers have long trained their lenses on the atrocities of war, and even influenced the outcomes of few major battles. J Henry Fair is a member of that politically motivated tribe, though his focus is on the war we seem to be unwittingly waging against our own planet. In the Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis, he offers disquieting pictures of environmental disasters. Some have been well-publicized, like the BP oil spill, but Fair reveals the ones that have not received their fair share of media attention, such as the pools of contamination left behind by a rusted, abandoned aluminum refinery.
Click the picture to view a slideshow of selected images from Fair’s new book.