Photo Gallery: Abstraction of Destruction

Photographer J. Henry Fair’s work might remind you of paintings by Abstract Expressionists like Willem De Kooning or Clyfford Still, but unfortunately for the health of our planet, it’s not. His vivid, aerial snapshots, which document the devastated landscapes left behind by industrial processes and environmental pollution, are totally real — and in most cases, incredibly beautiful. Click through to preview some of the images currently on display at the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York, and if you like what you see, be sure to check out The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis, a book of Fair’s photographs scheduled for release later this month.

J Henry Fair, Agent Orange, Gulf of Mexico, 2010. Oil floats on the Gulf of Mexico, following the Deepwater Horizon spill. 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of J Henry Fair/Gerald Peters Gallery