Joe Fairbanks was raised in Duluth, Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior. He is a freelance photographer and filmmaker who has done work for private companies, public institutions and non-profits. His passion for conservation comes from a deep sense of place and appreciation of the natural landscape of Northern Minnesota. In 2017, Joe graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied Film & Media Studies and Government. After graduation he worked as Dartmouth’s Sustainability Fellow.
In 2019, he and his father opened Duluth Canoe, a small business that builds custom wood canvas canoes and restores all types of wooden watercraft. Joe is an active volunteer for Save The Boundary Waters, Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters, and Duluth for Clean Water.