Beach by Daniel Blochwitz
33 1/4 x 45 1/4 inches overall. Digital c-prints.


Daniel Blochwitz says, "Growing up in East Germany, I noticed quite early the destructive side of the then-prevalent belief that industrial progress is the pathway to the liberation of humankind from exploitation and inequality. I had my 'Rachel Carson moment' when I observed former fresh water springs in my childhood neighborhood being filled in with industrial waste. With an awakened 'green" consciousness, tensions over such issues led me on a collision course with the official view, but the fall of the Wall in 1989 saved me from harsher repercussions. 

"Although in the West I found a much greater tolerance towards the expression of dissenting opinions and political beliefs, issues of environmental protection are still mostly trumped by industrial production -- in the name of profits and unhinged consumerism."


Daniel Blochwitz began studying photography in the United States, and he currently lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. 
 
 
Perfect Storm (2012) by David Cohen
Archival Digital Print, dimensions variable


Artist Statement
Rachel Carson opened the doors of perception on the destructive use of the pesticide DDT on the environment way back in 1962, and as a result affected social change by sparking an environmental revolution that evolved out of the 1960's.

Silent Spring serves as a clear example of how a work of art can change everything, just as the photo of nine-year-old Kim Phuc running down a street in Vietnam after an aerial napalm attack on June 8, 1972, helped finally put an end the Vietnam War. Rachel's work provides the perfect example of how artists can serve as a crucial self-reflecting mirror for our actions and their effects on the world.