Monroe Gallery of Photography
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Life on Earth


“Life on Earth” is a survey of 20th and 21st Century environmental and climate issues documented by photojournalists. Our world is changing faster – and in more ways – than we could have ever imagined. With social and economic disruption on a scale rarely seen since the end of World War II 75 years ago, the Covid-19 pandemic is also forcing us to completely rethink the notion of ‘business as usual’. Using photography, the exhibit informs in the hope the images motivate awareness and change.

Title: Oil field worker, Freer, Texas,1937
Artist: Carl Mydans
Title: Approaching Storm, Hartman, Colorado, 1954
Artist: Margaret Bourke-White
Title: Contour Plowing, Walsh, Colorado, 1954
Artist: Margaret Bourke-White

Title: Going to church to pray for rain, Grassy Butte, ND July 1936
Artist: Arthur Rothstein
Title: Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle, April 1936
Artist: Arthur Rothstein
Title: Zhdanovskaya Coal Miners, Ukraine, 1992
Artist: Shepard Sherbell

Title: Taos Gorge, New Mexico 2018
Artist: Henry Monroe
Title: Fire, Arizona, 2019
Artist: Henry Monroe
Title: Untitled, Florida
Artist: Eric Smith

Title: The remains of an Indonesian rain forest that was cleared to make way for oil palms, Borneo, 2018
Artist: Ashley Gilbertson
Title: Members of the Wehea Dayak tribe, in East Kalimantan, Borneo, 2018
Artist: Ashley Gilbertson
Title: “Defend The Sacred”: Standing Rock, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, 2016
Artist: Ryan Vizzions

Title: Greta Thunberg, School strike for Climate, Stockholm, Swede, November 9, 2018
Artist: Adam Karls Johansson
Title: Greta Thunberg’s first school strike for Climate, outside the Swedish Parliament, August 20, 2018
Artist: Adam Karls Johansson
Title: Residents from Navajo communities gather on Uranium Remembrance Day, Church Rock, NM July 16, 2016. The first Atomic Bomb Test was tested at 5:29 am on July 16, 1945.
Artist: Nina Berman

Title: Itzcuauhti Martinez, Standing Rock, North Dakota, 2016
Artist: Adam Karls Johansson
Title: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, COP-21, Paris, 2015
Artist: Adam Karls Johansson
Title: V.I. Lenin Steel Mill, Magnitogorsk, 1991
Artist: Shepard Sherbell

Title: Dead eagle, Exxon Valdez oil spill, Alaska, 1989
Artist: Bill Eppridge
Title: Oil Study, Louisiana, 2010
Artist: Stephen Wilkes
Title: House in Reeds, Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, 2013
Artist: Stephen Wilkes

Title: A church flooded by Hurricane Florence stands silently in its reflection in Burgaw, North Carolina, 2018
Artist: Ryan Vizzions
Title: A local pastor’s home, which succumbed to flood waters in Burgaw, North Carolina.
Artist: Ryan Vizzions
Title: A church flooded by Hurricane Florence stands silently in its reflection in Burgaw, North Carolina, 2018
Artist: Ryan Vizzions

Title: Hurricane Sandy, Seaside Heights, NJ, 2012
Artist: Stephen Wilkes
Title: 42 Street viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey
Artist: Andreas Feininger
Title: Coal Miner, West Virginia, 1969
Artist: Eddie Adams


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