The Day After Tomorrow

J Henry Fair’s The Day After Tomorrow: Images of Our Earth in Crisis first grabs your attention with its tragic and beautiful imagery. Expansive, aerial abstracts as well as detailed, sometimes straightforward journalistic documents, his photographs explore the wide-ranging impact of consumer culture on our planet. Locations featured in this book include industrial sites in India, Africa, Canada, and, of course, the United States, with an unavoidable focus on the dual Gulf disasters of Katrina and the BP oil spill. But this book is not merely about outrage or exposé. Accompanying the images are provocative essays from leading cultural thinkers such as Roger Hodge (former editor-in-chief of Harper’s), John Rockwell (of the New York Times), and James Hansen (a longtime leading scientist on climate change), as well as expanded captions and a clever categorizing system to help elucidate each issue’s impact on our health and the environment. Fair makes no attempt to hide or diminish his passionate advocacy—and his images, and the book, are better for it.