Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame


Facing the Inferno: The Wildfire Photography of Kari Greer


May 21-October 25, 2020

Wildfires are directly affecting more and more of the population. Smoke from these fires have national impact, with the effects of global warming increasing all of this even more. Nationally, the fire season now extends almost year-round. This exhibit has been curated to grab audience attention immediately, then hold it through the power of the images and the importance of the accompanying information. Facing the inferno is the ideal bridge for conversations between the arts & humanities and the sciences.

KARI GREER is a photographer with the National Interagency Fire Center based in Boise, Idaho. Kari specializes in wildland fire photography and editorial photojournalism. Her interest in wildland fire photography was sparked during her college years, working on a Forest Service fire crew on the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest in Washington. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Wildland Firefighter and The New York Times. She has an online video interview in Yahoo Studios for The Weekly Flickr as well as on CNN. Kari studied photography at California State University, Sacramento and spent time in a workshop with Mary Ellen Mark, collaborating with Icelandic photographer Erla Stefánsdóttir and National Geographic photographer Brooks Walker.