Subhankar Banerjee was born in Calcutta in 1967. He received his bachelor’s degree in engineering before moving to the United States, where he obtained master’s degrees in physics and computer science. Before starting his career in photography, Banerjee worked in the scientific fields for six years, with Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and Boeing in Seattle.
His book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, published by The Mountaineers Books (Seattle, 2003), resulted in three separate solo exhibits of photographs: at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington (May 2 – September 2, 2003), the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (September 13 – December 31, 2003) and the American Museum of Natural History in New York (November 1, 2003 – March 7, 2004).
Banerjee’s speaking venues have included The Explorers Club, National Arts Club and the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York; Smithsonian and The Wilderness Society in Washington; and The Mountaineers in Seattle; Mountain Film Festival at Telluride; and the National Museum of Wildlife Art hosted by The Murie Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Banerjee’s images have appeared in Newsweek, Discover, Outside, Audubon, Sierra, National Wildlife, Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Seattle Times. For his relentless pursuit of protection for the Arctic Refuge coastal plain, he was honored with the Special Achievement Award from the Sierra Club and the Daniel Housberg Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
“One summer evening in the refuge I sat meditating on a nameless hilltop, looking out at the braided Kongakut River valley and the mountains of the Brooks Range beyond, and found amidst its startling beauty a glimpse of hope and faith in the future of humanity. No matter how industrialized our nation gets, no matter how our resource needs change, I believe we will have the moral courage to keep places like the Arctic Refuge free of development so that future citizens of the world will continue to have the opportunity to meet nature in its wildest form. During my time in the Arctic I learned much about nature from my Native friends, the Gwich’in Athabascan Indians and the Inupiat Eskimos. They shared with me their way of life, their relationship to land and animals. They instilled in me their respect and reverence for nature and their resolve to coexist with the natural world instead of trying to conquer it.”
–from Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land by Subhankar Banerjee. The Mountaineers Books, copyright 2003 by Subhankar Banerjee.
Artwork ©2001-2018 by Subhankar Banerjee. Used with permission of the artist.