I recently explored salmon culture in the Pacific Northwest for a fourteen page feature story in National Geographic Traveler Magazine to accompany words by Langdon Cook. We followed the Brigham family as they harvested chinook on the Columbia River via dipnetting, hoopnetting, setnetting, and sold fish at their native owned Brigham fish market in Cascade Locks. I also attended a First Foods ceremony by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation, photographed Yakima Nation dipnetters in the Klickitat river, dined with chef John Sundstrom at Lark Restaurant, and was nearly clobbered by flying fish at the Pike Place Fish Market. Here are some of the tearsheets and additional images from the shoot:
I have a new exhibition on the wall at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. Hope to see you all at the reception on Thursday, April 4, 2019!
Hornsund: Photographs by Corey Arnold
March 21 – April 27, 2019
Opening reception: First Thursday, April 4th, 5 – 8pm
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, OR
“In 2013, I landed by ship at the Polish Polar Station, an outpost maintained by Polish scientists located on the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in a fjord named Hornsund. At 77˚N latitude, the station is a rare human outpost in the far North, on an island with few year-round inhabitants aside from native polar bears, arctic foxes, and an abundance of tiny reindeer. In early September the sky never grows dark, and I spent long days trekking across chossy valleys and crumbling mountains, exploring the many glaciers that rest and rumble within a 24-hour walk. Some days I’d join a glaciologist on their mission across vast glacial landscapes to check their field instruments and on other days, I would walk alone hauling a heavy backpack of camera equipment with an old WWII rifle strapped to my back for protection from white bears.” –Corey Arnold
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Hornsund, an exhibition of stunning new work by world renowned photographer Corey Arnold. Made in 2013 in association with Project-Pressure and shown here for the first time, this compelling suite of images explores an otherworldly landscape on the front lines of climate change. Arnold’s photographs depict a vast landscape that is both beautiful and delicate, remote and unknown. Scientists, equipment and inquisitive reindeer inhabit a landscape that is rarely seen yet essential to life as we know it, and now on the cusp of vast change. This is Corey Arnold’s sixth solo exhibition art Charles A. Hartman Fine Art. It is not to be missed.
Corey Arnold is a fine art photographer and Alaskan commercial fisherman based in Portland, Oregon. His work examines humanity’s relationship with the natural world including animals, food production, and environmental issues. Since 2002, he has photographed his life at sea working as a Bering Sea crab fisherman and documented his summers captaining a sockeye salmon fishing boat in Alaska. In the off-season he continues to explore the world’s commercial fisheries in an ongoing project entitled Fish-Work.
His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and published in Harpers, The New Yorker, New York Times LENS, Art Ltd, Rolling Stone, Time, Outside, National Geographic and The Paris Review among others. Two books of Corey’s photography including Fish-
Time Magazine recently created a double issue (July 11 / July 18, 2016) named 240 Reasons to Celebrate America Right Now . The article seems to be an attempt to counter all the negativity surrounding the current political standoff and general feeling that America is heading in the wrong direction as polls conclude. It’s a breath of fresh air in my opinion… there is a lot to love about our country if you take a step back and look at the big picture. TIME asked me if I had any good news ideas to share and of course the first thing that came to mind are the epic Sockeye Salmon runs that have been returning to Bristol Bay, Alaska. Bristol Bay produced the third largest Sockeye Salmon runs since 1960, 58 million fish!! With all the doom and gloom news about the state of our oceans in the media these days, it’s time to start talking about what IS working. Bristol Bay is kicking ass, and this summer we experienced another huge salmon run with at least 49 million Sockeye returning to spawn in Bristol Bay rivers. Thanks to excellent management by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, there is no end in sight to the bounty of sustainably harvested Bristol Bay Salmon.
TIME interviewed me about my recent experience running a salmon set net operation in Bristol Bay and published this spread, an image I made of brother/sister duo Krystal Foote and Reid TenKley of Iliamna Fish Co. hand hauling a net full of Sockeye. Thanks ya’ll for another fine season at Graveyard Point.
Filson, the iconic fishing and hunting… outdoor brand recently featured my work and an interview on their blog, Filson-Life. I’m also excited to be opening an exhibition of Fish-Work images at the Filson Portland store tonight between 5:30-7:30. Come by for snacks. refreshments, photos and storytelling about life working as a fisherman in Alaska. Directions to Filson Portland are here.
It was a great honor to work with the fish centric journalist Paul Greenberg on a feature story last year for the beautiful California Sunday Magazine. I visited scientists, conservationists, and fishermen to visually piece together the story of the evolution of the groundfish industry in California. You can read the online version here and see a few of the tearsheets from the March 1, 2015 issue below .
Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is featuring some of my favorite artists in a Winter Group show that opens December 2, 2015 thru January 30, 2016. I’ve got two images on the wall, including one of my favorite new prints, Crab Line, 2015, 30×40 inches, photographed in Dutch Harbor Alaska last winter. Other artists include Eva Speer, Holly Andres, Jeffrey Conley, Rachel Davis, and Daniel Robinson to name a few.
The January 2015 issue of Harper’s Magazine featured a couple of images from my “Wildlife” Exhibition which was on display during November 2014 at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, OR. Adak Foam and Fight or Flight are two new images, part of an ongoing series exploring the unique experience of man and nature in the Aleutian Islands. I’m so grateful to be included in Harper’s!
Thanks to all that came out for my recent opening at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. The show is up thru Saturday, November 29, closed on Thanksgiving but open Black Friday 1-5 pm for those who missed it. The following are install shots along with snaps from the opening made by Eugenie Frerichs. Really happy to have received some nice press from National Geographic Proof Blog, the Portland Mercury, along with upcoming coverage by Lenscratch, Harpers, and more. A selection of images from Wildlife will also be heading to the AIPAD Photography Show during April 2015 in New York City. Thanks to everyone for the support!
I’ve been on the road quite a lot the past few years. This exhibition is a selection of encounters unique encounters with animals during my time far from home. Please join me at the opening November 6, 2014 from 5-8pm at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. Show runs through November 29.
Photo Center Northwest in Seattle will be holding a benefit this Friday. It has the makings of a great show with work represented from some of the great photography galleries in the U.S. including Yossi Milo, Clampart, Fraenkel, and Charles Hartman. I will have a piece After All Night 20×29 inches, framed in Walnut from my Graveyard Point series in the live auction.
Info about the Benefit:
Connect the Dots – PCNW Benefit
October 24, 2014
415 Westlake, Seattle, Washington
“Connect The Dots” brings those creating photography (artists) together with those experiencing photography (audience), through cocktails, conversation, a plated dinner, silent and live auction, and a raise the paddle donation opportunity. This year, in addition to highlighting photographers we support and who support us, we are featuring ten photography galleries locally and nationally who are an important part of the arts ecosystem. PCNW will be announcing a new program at the benefit that creates opportunities for artists and audiences to connect.
Featured programs include Charles A Hartman Fine Art, Portland, OR; G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle; MIA Gallery, Seattle; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco; Craig Krull, Los Angeles; Clampart, New York and others. Donating artists include Shen Wei, Jock Sturges, Sylvia Plachy, Meghann Riepenhoff, Jenny Riffle, Gerald Slota, Glenn Rudolph, Corey Arnold and others.
Orion Magazine recently published an image I shot on the road in Finnmark, Norway a while back. If you’ve never read Orion, its time. You won’t regret it! Above is the contents spread in the Nov/December 2013 issue out now.
The December holiday issue of Saveur magazine is out on the newstands now. They featured a story I wrote about my crabbing days in the Bering Sea aboard the f/v Rollo along with 7 pages of photos including a couple never before seen images. It was a great experience working with one of my favorite food mags. Happy T- Givin!
I’m honored to be selected to take part in the exhibition SEE FOOD, curated by Natalie Zelt opening next week at the Houston Center for Photography. Several photos from my Fish-Work series will on display along with many fine photographers listed below. Sadly, I will not be in attendance, but if anyone takes some snaps at the opening, please send them my way! firstname.lastname@example.org
See Food: Contemporary Photography and the Ways We Eat
Curated by Natalie Zelt
On View: November 22, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, November 22nd from 6-8pm
Curators Remarks: Friday, November 22nd at 5:30pm
Roundtable Discussion: Saturday, November 23rd at 12pm
Our appetite for food imagery is voracious. The popularity of cooking programs, foodie blogs, and pictures of food on social media reflects some of the ways our current encounters with food and food issues have become increasingly visual. Food trucks, farmers markets, and community gardens have redesigned the urban food-scape. When mediated through the lens of a camera, our cultural relationship with food is transformed into a complex single-sensory engagement that is guided by sight but charged with personal, political, and sensual associations. The eleven artists in See Food experiment with this visual investment in the power of food by exploring both its formal qualities and its cultural relevance.
Mark Menjivar, Emily Peacock, and Emily Sloan look to food as a raw expression of identity and personal taste, while others, such as Jonathan Blaustein and Nolan Calisch, use food to challenge the current modes and costs of industrial production and suggest alternative commercial models. By fusing food to plate, Damaris Booth’s ceramic sculptures play with the ephemeral nature of leftovers and consider how quickly a desired dish becomes refuse. In Andrzej Maciejewski‘s modern take on sixteenth-century Flemish paintings, fruits and vegetables are catalogued, certified, and labeled to adhere to a standardized definition of nature. These artists create images that are both still lifes and portraits, indicative of their individual experiences and engagements with the meaning of food today.
For Nolan Calisch, David Welch, Christin Boggs, and Corey Arnold, the camera records a tactile encounter with food, either on the farm, in the field, or at sea, while Jody Horton uses cookbooks and narrative forms to highlight contemporary means of hunting and gathering. More documentary in approach, these photographers illustrate a growing cultural interest in knowing food at its source.
All of these artworks highlight a uniquely visual relationship with food, reflecting a variety of ways photographs inform how we picture food and see ourselves.
-Natalie Zelt, Curator
Corey Arnold (Portland, OR)
Jonathan Blaustein (Arroyo Hondo, NM)
Christin Boggs (Washington, D.C.)
Damaris Booth (London, England)
Nolan Calisch (Portland, OR)
Jody Horton (Austin, TX)
Andrzej Maciejewski (Ontario, Canada)
Mark Menjivar (San Antonio, TX)
Emily Peacock (Houston, TX)
Emily Sloan (Houston, TX)
David Welch (Martha’s Vineyard, MA)
This past summer I went cage diving with great white sharks aboard the FV Islander based out of San Diego. We spent 5 days trying to prevent our arms from turning into bloody stumps while admiring the crystal clear tuna filled waters around Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Every year, from June to November, over 150 sharks pass through the area which is about a 20 hour steam from the U.S./Mexico border. Read the article on Sunset Magazine’s website. Here are some outtakes from the trip:
If you missed the July issue here are the spreads:
Instagram had this to say about my current work with Project Pressure in Svalbard:
When not on the road or in the air, Corey Arnold (@arni_coraldo) spends his days captaining a commercial salmon fishing vessel in Bristol Bay, Alaska. For about five months each year, however, Corey is dispatched to photograph some of the coldest and most remote corners of the globe. When packing for his expeditions, Corey always leaves room for his iPhone and uses Instagram to share a window into his travels. “Instagram has been a great way to post a behind the scenes look at my life on the road.” Recently, Corey spent several weeks in Svalbard, Norway, documenting glaciers for @projectpressure, a non-profit creating an interactive glacier archive to better understand climate change. “Mountains of sheer rock rise straight up from the sea surrounded by endless miles of calving glaciers. Meanwhile reindeer, arctic, foxes and polar bears roam the shores.” Read more about Corey at blog.instagram.com, and follow his adventures on Instagram: @arni_coraldo.
A childhood photo of mine, accompanied by text on my photography beginnings documenting fishing adventures with my dad, are included in the group exhibition EARLY WORKS curated by Laura Moya and Laura Valenti Jelen. Previously shown at the Newspace Center for Photography in April, the show has moved down to the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, opening October 17th 6-8pm thru November 17th. The exhibition includes works of photographer’s earliest childhood experiments with a camera accompanied by stories. Here is a link to the online exhibition.
Artists include: Roger Ballen, Douglas Beasley, Steven Beckly, Sheri Lynn Behr, Lori Bell, Jesse Burke, Richard S. Chow, Joseph Deiss, Maureen Drennan, Deena Feinberg, Gloria Baker Feinstein, Rich Frishman, Michael Jang, Zoltan Jokay, Ann Kendellen, Lewis Koch, Hannah Kozak, Varese Layzer, Phoebe Lickwar, Jim Lommasson, Anne Leighton Massoni, David Pace, Stephen Perloff, Jaime Permuth, Alexis Pike, Jordan Reznick, Trix Rosen, T. Scott, Jack Semura, Frederick Sharpe,Marsha Stewart, Stephanie Williamson, Charlyn Zlotnik