A multimedia show called “Petrochemical America” is at SPACE gallery right now and I’m proud to be a small part of it. Projects like this one (below) are the reason I entered the world of photojournalism. Documentary work provides the opportunity to create awareness and make a positive and helpful difference in the world.
SPACE gallery 812 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh PA Through October 7, 2017
This multimedia exhibition opened last Wednesday and poses a highly pressing question about our region: Will Pittsburgh forget the lessons learned from its toxic past in writing the next chapter for its future? Via more than 40 photographs, drawings, audio recordings and documentary films. “Petrochemical America: From Cancer Alley to Toxic Valley” hopes to engage regional citizens in a frank conversation about our right to clean air and water. This conversation has become increasingly important with the new construction of a massive oil and gas “cracker” plant being developed by Shell in Beaver County PA.
The images below are part of my long-term documentary work on the impact of fossil fuels on air, land, water and people in western Pennsylvania. The first two photographs below are in the mentioned SPACE gallery exhibition.