March 26th, 2013
If you ever watched the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, then you are surely familiar with the f/v Northwestern captained by the infamous Sig Hansen. Some years ago, the story of the Northwestern appeared on the market in book form entitled “North by Northwestern” written by Mark Sundeen. Recently, a German translation edition was released by Ankerherz Verlag. Ankerherz chose a portfolio of my Fish-Work Bering Sea series to illustrate the book which also includes a lengthy interview with me by Holger Gertz a journalist with Süddeutsche Zeitung. The design of the book is absolutely beautiful… and appears more that of an art book, then a biography of the most famous fishing family on Television. Thanks to Stefan and Julia Krücken for including my work in the project. Here are some select spreads from the book. You can buy the book online directly from the publisher here.
January 25th, 2013
January 24th, 2013
This month I’ve got the cover and a 15 page spread of Fish-Work images in the German art and culture magazine named Dummy #37. Thanks to Brian Greer, the engineer of the f/v Rollo, who has once again shown up on a magazine cover without his permission:). I have no idea how the writing is but this is a beautiful magazine and I’m really happy with how the spreads turned out. Thanks.
Also included in the mag is work from Chris Jordan. Amazing and disturbing images of Albatross carcasses found on Midway atoll that were completely filled with discarded plastic bits.
January 22nd, 2013
I grew up near San Diego, California and spent my early years obsessively sportfishing with my dad. When the tuna were in, we’d often book trips on “party boats” out of San Diego which consist of about 30 or so guys drinking a lot of beer and fishing nonstop for 16 hours in a day. It had been a long while since I’d thrown a sardine on a kelp patty, and so last August, my dad and I along with my childhood best friend Nathan Thiele, and my buddy Frank Banks set out to sea on a 1.5 day trip into Mexican waters about the f/v Legend out of Seaforth Landing. The trip ended up being one of the best party boat experiences of my life with nonstop Dorado, Yellowtail, and Bluefin Tuna flying over the rail. My freezer is still packed with filets.
Frank just launched an iphone app called FISHFEED, that I think is going to revolutionize how fishermen get their information and share photos of their catch with friends. My mission was not only to catch a ton of fish, hang with my dad and reunite with old friends, but to document a taste of what fishing in San Diego is all about for the release of the new FishFeed app. If you like Instagram, and you are into fishing, please download this app so we can all nerd out on our fishing pictures together. FishFeed is free, you can even upload video clips. Download it here
The following photos are excerpts from the trip:
Fishing for Mahi Mahi, Bluefin Tuna, and Yellowtail works like this: This time of year, we were fishing around 50 miles offshore in Mexican waters. You basically troll around at 8 knots or so in search of kelp patties. Patties are large rafts of dead kelp that have broken away from inshore waters. Beneath these floating shelters may live a who school of fish that are following warm water currents heading North. Its pretty exciting to slide up to a patty, and throw a live bait in the water. You never know what might be down there.
On our first patty, everyone on the boat hooked up at once! It was amazing. Mahi and Yellowtail bloodied the decks in every direction. The rest of the day went like this. Every patty we stopped on held fish. So many, that we would only stay on patties that held larger fish.
Nice to reunite with my fishing buddy, Nathan Thiele. We hadn’t fished together since the 80′s.
Similarly great to reunite on a boat with my dad.
This guy was some kind of Mustache champion. He also could not stop catching the biggest fish on the boat.
Sometime after dark we found the coveted Bluefin Tuna hangout and Ahi started flying over the rail. I landed two of them which was icing on the cake.
Don’t be alarmed, this shark made it back in the water alive. Those things are mighty resilient.
Nathan and I had 27 fish between just the two of us. Such an amazing trip. Thanks to the fine captain and crew of the f/v Legend and Frank at FishFeed for sponsoring the trip. We’ll be back next year for sure!
January 22nd, 2013
As far as photography blogs go, the New York Times Lens Blog has always been my first choice for finding inspirational new photography. I’m honored to have recently been showcased on the blog. The accompanying text written by Jesse Newman is spot on in summing up how we live as salmon fishermen in Bristol Bay, Alaska… as well as the details of my life photographing and fishing at the same time. Thanks.
January 8th, 2013
I’ve been included in a new photography exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin opening on January 16, 2012… and grateful to be included among dozens of my favorite photographers. If you end up in the Wisconsin, please send me some snaps!!
Dark Blue: Water as Protagonist
January 16- May 19, 2013
For the past 8,000 years, artists have depicted human engagement with water. Initial images depicted the act of swimming; later, water served as a formal element that determined presence of place. The photographers included in this exhibition utilize water as an active element, making pictures that are, at their core, psychological engagements. Multifaceted and ever evolving, the water holds universal appeal. It is this mutable quality that transforms water into the literal and metaphorical container for a variety of profound meanings and desires, evolving human behaviors and dramas, and constructed narratives of self.
At once familiar to us all and yet completely unknowable, the water is a paradox. It is often perceived as a restorative element, an essential means to health and happiness. Yet, at the same time, it is a force formidable for its ubiquitous potential to threaten life. The exhibition explores water as a capable tabula rasa: it is both picturesque and repellant, conveys dreams or depicts catastrophic events, exists in a simulated environment or in unadulterated form, is experienced personally or as a voyeur, holds promise or signals disaster.
This exhibition is comprised of works from the museum’s permanent collection and select loans, and includes photographs by Kael Alford, Diane Arbus, Corey Arnold, Tina Barney, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, Damion Berger, Harry Callahan, Michael Childers, Gregory Crewdson, Zoe Crosher, Joe Deal, John Divola, Doug Dubois, James Fee, Francine Fleischer, Judith Fox, Adam Fuss, LeRoy Grannis, Jill Greenberg, Tim Hetherington, Nadav Kander, Tomasz Lazar, Jocelyn Lee, Joshua Lutz, Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Misrach, Andrew Moore, Joel Meyerowitz, Asako Narahashi, Martin Parr, Irina Rozovsky, Carrie Schneider, Joel Sternfeld, Juergen Teller, Guy Tillim, Carlo Van de Roer, and Bennett Wine and Nir Nadler.
This exhibition and accompanying programs are sponsored in part by the Emmett J. Doerr Endowment Fund, the Friends of the Haggerty, the Stackner Family Endowment Fund, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
More information here.
December 2nd, 2012
If in Miami for Basel this week, please stop by the Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Booth. Charles will be showing several large format prints of mine. Looks like a great lineup of galleries this year. http://www.miami-project.com/miami
November 29th, 2012
A while back, my “Swans are Evil” image was printed on the cover of the Portland Mercury. Now you can grab a small print online for a good cause here.
November 29th, 2012
November 8th, 2012
Andy Adams (Flak Photo), probably the most meticulous and passionate photo community organizer on the web, has been up to great things lately. He has curated an online exhibition of new landscape photographs entitled Looking at the Land, 21st Century American Views, a collaboration with the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design that has been featured on TIME Lightbox, PetaPixel, projected at RISD, printed and hung at Fotoweek D.C. and likely getting more attention as we speak. I’m grateful to have been included. There are some gems in this collection, particularly these three. I’m not quite sure why I’m drawn to missing suburban houses but I could take a guess.
October 30th, 2012
Vice Magazine featured a six page spread of my Graveyard Point series in the October issue and just launched a little web gallery of the work online here.
October 29th, 2012
The fine folks at National Fisherman Magazine based in Portland, Maine did a little write up about my photography and fishing life and used one of my Graveyard Point images on the cover. This is the December 2012 issue. Thanks to Jes Hathaway for making the interview and telling the fishing world that I brought my mom to Fish Expo in Seattle. Did I really do that?
October 16th, 2012
Graveyard Point, a new exhibition of photographs from my seasonal salmon fish camp in Alaska opened at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art on October 4, 2012. Thanks to all the fishermen that made the trek from far and away to make it for the show and the End of Summer Salmon feed at my place over the weekend. Somehow I managed to not take any pictures of either parties, but who needs pictures of everything anyway. Here are the install shots from the show in Portland. It will be on the wall until October 27th.
September 28th, 2012
Adbusters used one of my favorite seascapes, The North Sea, in a spread in the Nov/Dec, 2012 issue out now!
September 28th, 2012
September 25th, 2012
Just out, a new cover I shot for Pacific Fishing Magazine featuring the Smith crew hauling a loaded net of wild Sockeye Salmon in Bristol Bay Alaska.
September 24th, 2012
A new solo exhibition of photographs by Corey Arnold
Opens October 4, 2012 5-8pm
runs through October 27th
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
Deep in Southwest Alaska, surrounded by mosquito and grizzly bear infested tundra, lies an abandoned salmon cannery known locally as Graveyard Point. The cannery sits at the mouth of the Kvichak River, one of the five rivers that empty into Bristol Bay, home to North America’s Last Great Sockeye salmon run.
Every year during the months of June and July, about 130 commercial fishermen from around the U.S. converge there and set up seasonal fishing residences in broken down dormitories and dilapidated shacks that have sat empty for decades. The fishermen are Christians, Mormons, Atheists and Neo-Luddites; ex-convicts and construction workers; dog mushers, trappers and suburbanites; city slickers and Native Americans. Most days there is camaraderie among the disparate squatter groups, but periods of insomnia driven mania have occasionally stirred up conflict, even gunfire among rival fishing families.
The community at Graveyard Point teeters on the edge of a sandy bluff overlooking a vast delta of extremes. Coffins fall into the sea and the bones of unnamed fisherman collect at the tides edge. Dogs roam the beach chasing bears and four wheelers. The fishing work happens at a furious pace when tens of millions of Sockeye seemingly arrive at the same moment every year. Nets are rapidly sunk by the masses of fish as extreme tides tear through canyons of undersea mud. Men and woman work 20 hours a day in small open boats no matter the weather or time of day. In the end, great fortunes can be earned or lost, depending on the fisherman’s skill or luck and the avoidance of injury.
Graveyard Point and people who benefit from the nearly 40 million fish returning to spawn each year to Bristol Bay are under threat by the proposed Pebble Mine which, if developed, would become one of the worlds largest open pit copper mines placed directly at the headwaters of two important Bristol Bay river systems.
September 21st, 2012
National Geographic just published one of my raccoon images its September issue. I made the image while staying at a bed and breakfast in Astoria, Oregon. The owner of the B+B regularly fed her visitors cookies and so they had become very brave. This is my first image to be published in Nat Geo, hopefully not the last!
September 7th, 2012
I’ll be at the Portland Art Museum next Thursday doing a talk about a photograph from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. This is part of the Artist Talks and Happy Hour Lecture series. Seating is very limited. You can reserve a space here. I’ve chosen a Joel Sternfeld photograph from 1979 entitled “Approximately 17 of 41 Sperm Whales that Beached and Subsequently Died, Florence, Oregon” .