Environmental photographer visits MSU

Virginia placement from "Next Stop Atlantic" exhibit by Stephen Mallon

Virginia placement from “Next Stop Atlantic” exhibit by Stephen Mallon

By Kate Habrel

Subway cars and the Atlantic Ocean are two things not typically paired. But they are exactly what photographer Stephen Mallon brings together in his solo exhibition “Next Stop Atlantic.”

The exhibition features photos of subway cars being tossed into the waters of the Atlantic, where they will become barrier reef habitats for aquatic life. It opened at the MSU Museum on Feb. 20 and will run through September.

Mallon often works at the intersection between environment and industry. He’s photographed everything from the world’s biggest ships to the American recycling industry. In 2009, his series “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549” told the photographic story of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s emergency landing of a passenger plane in the Hudson River.

Mallon’s work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Mallon is at MSU from Feb. 26 through March 3 to speak to photography, journalism and communication students during class visits. On March 1, he will visit the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism for lunch with students.

Mallon will also give a free gallery talk on March 2 at 12:15 p.m. It’s open to the public.

Journalism Professor Howard Bossen is the exhibition curator.

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