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Nepenthes New York Presents : "CARBON" by Robert Palumbo & Bryan Whitney - 03.31.22

"CARBON" by Robert Palumbo & Bryan Whitney

Nepenthes NY’s next gallery exhibition, titled “CARBON” is on display in-store, from Thursday, March 31st.

CARBON strives to create a connection between nature in distress and our emotional lives. Photographers Robert Palumbo and Bryan Whitney explore the effects of man-made carbon destruction on our fragile planet, looking so closely at the tragic beauty of ruination that it becomes a kind of poetry.

Palumbo has photographed the melting glaciers of Alaska, from the air and from the ice. The serpentine meltwater rivers, deep ice crevasses, and dramatic peaks coated with fossil fuel-generated black carbon are majestic, but foreboding.

These prints are made on sustainable Japanese kozo paper, reimagining the images from Palumbo’s award winning 2021 book collaboration with Marcella Durand, shadows of glaciers.

Whitney captured charred forest landscapes in Colorado during the winter of 2021 after more than 400,000 acres were scorched. The stark contrast between the blackened trees and the pristine snow both heightens and abstracts the horrific disaster of a large-scale forest fire. This new work is an extension of his Enchanted Forest series which he began early in the pandemic and has been exhibited at the Chiaroscuro gallery in Santa Fe.

Part of the proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to EarthJustice, a non-profit environmental law organization. You can also contribute directly at

Artist profile
Robert Palumbo is an Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer who has worked for National Geographic, the New York Times, and Vice, including in Africa, India, Indonesia, and Japan. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the New York Historical Society, and several prominent private collections. He has exhibited in New York City, London, and Berlin, and is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography. He was Executive Producer on National Geographic's acclaimed TV series on climate change, "Years of Living Dangerously". His 2021 book collaboration with poet Marcella Durand, "shadows of glaciers", was exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, in January.
IG: @rbtpalumbo

Bryan Whitney is a photographer and installation artist based in New York. He has exhibited his work in galleries in Berlin, Paris, New York, Santa Fe, and images have been featured in numerous books and magazines. He teaches at the International Center of Photography, the Penumbra Foundation and is the recipient of a Fulbright lecture grant for photography. His solo exhibit X-Flora, featuring his X-Ray images of flowers, ferns, and other plants, was shown at the Aurelia Gallery in Santa Fe in March 2022. His current work explores the natural environment and the threats posed to it by climate change.
IG: @temporarypedestal