Are We Dead Yet?
Are We Dead Yet?
Digital print, Photo
Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultra White paper
20 × 15 × 1 in
Scarborough, NSW, Australia
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
University of Central Florida (UCF)
Are We Dead Yet? documents the exponentially escalating impact of climate change as evidenced by the Australian black summer bushfires of 2019-2020. The impeccably printed photographs show Dupont’s coverage of fire, drought, flood and the destruction of native forests in Australia, and illuminate surreal-looking landscapes of devastation, and the accompanying human, flora, and animal trauma.
“This literally and intentionally alarming book contrasts the catastrophes of fire and flood as only the photography of award winning photo-journalist Stephen Dupont can do. (Dupont is the sole recipient of both the Eugene W. Smith and the Robert Gardner Awards for humanitarian photography.) The images are beautifully terrifying, and the binaries of fire versus water, and white European settler/colonizer/polluter versus native species and Aboriginal peoples haunt every photograph.” – M. Weber
“Inspired by my young daughter Ava, a climate activist, for the past few years I have been working on a long-term photography project around climate change and the future of our planet. When Ava and I discuss and debate these issues, we often come to the the big question…Is it too late? Is it possible to save the planet, or have we pushed “Mother Nature” to the brink of extinction? Many scientists say Australia is the climate crisis litmus test. What happens here will pretty much determine the outcomes for the rest of the world. I believe that “Climate Change” is the biggest issue facing humanity today and I feel a great responsibility to bring attention to this story.”