Subhankar Banerjee was born in Berhampore, India in 1967. He spent his childhood there and received his bachelor’s degree in engineering. In 1990 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate studies, where he obtained master’s degrees in physics and computer science from the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
Mr. Banerjee worked in the scientific fields for six years, with Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and Boeing in Seattle. In 2000 he left science behind for a career in photography that stemmed from his childhood passion for painting, coupled with a deep love and concern for the wilderness and disappearing indigenous cultures. Over the past decade, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the conservation of eco-culturally significant areas of the Arctic and to raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change. He is editor of the anthology Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point. His other publications include Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land; Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Subhankar Banerjee: The Last Wilderness, Photographs of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Subhankar Banerjee: Resource Wars; The Alaska Native Reader: History, Culture, Politics; A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History; Subhankar Banerjee: Photographs; and Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know.
In 2011 the Lannan Foundation made a grant to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in support of its solo exhibition and catalogue, Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know, on view from May 14 until August 28, 2011.
Subhankar Banerjee elsewhere on Lannan.orgLannan Art Collection
Subhankar Banerjee awarded 2003 Cultural Freedom Fellowship, 2003, (Cultural Freedom: Awards and Grants)
Subhankar Banerjee with Peter Matthiessen, 2004, (Events)
Subhankar Banerjee: Where I Live I Hope to Know Exhibition, (Art)
Subhankar Banerjee awarded 2012 Cultural Freedom Award, 2012, (Cultural Freedom: Awards and Grants)
Transparent: Peter Alexander. Subhankar Banerjee. Uta Barth. Thomas Joshua Cooper. et al, (Art)
James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee, 2013, (Events)
DESERT SERENADE: Drones, Fences, Cacti, Test Sites, Craters and Serapes - Reception, 2014, (Events)
DESERT SERENADE: Drones, Fences, Cacti, Test Sites, Craters and Serapes, (Art)
Subhankar Banerjee, (Bios)
Subhankar Banerjee Lannan Podcast EpisodesJames Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee, 20 February 2013 – Audio
James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee, Talk, 20 February 2013 - Video
James Hansen with Subhankar Banerjee, Conversation, 20 February 2013 – Video
Subhankar Banerjee around the WebSubhankar Banerjee's website
Banerjee's Climate Stories website
Arctic Voices Slideshow on Democracy Now!
Additional Photos of 20 February 2013 Event on Flickr