Archive for 2008

My Fish-Work exhibition at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in downtown Portland opens tonight between 5:30 and 8:30.  Some members of the Rollo crew will be joining us.  Come on out and say hello!  A couple recent articles about the work can be found in this months Juxtapoz (12 page interview) and just out today a review in the Portland Tribune.




Press Release:

On view at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, November 19 – December 20, 2008
Images Capture Moments of Vulnerable Grace and the Fisherman’s Unforgiving Lifestyle
Reception with the Artist: Thursday, December 4, 5:30—8:30pm

Portland, OR—Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is pleased to present Fish-Work by Portland-based artist Corey Arnold. These photographs capture moments from Arnold’s grueling annual retreats to the Bering Sea and arctic Norway. With scenes of boat life so vivid that some shots can induce fear or seasickness, the artist’s perspective also reveals the tender soulfulness of a fisherman’s extended life at sea. His skillful compositions depict the simultaneous bravery, toil, humor and gumption that “fish-work” demands. Yet the series also illuminates the aesthetic sublimity that can only be experienced, ultimately, by those willing to risk their lives where the sea breaks its back. Having survived several seasons afloat these icy and unforgiving waters, we are lucky that Arnold has taken time to document his artistic impressions of this rare lifestyle and extended us a vicarious glimpse.

A graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Corey Arnold lives and works in Portland, Oregon the nine months of the year that he is not fishing. He has exhibited his work across Canada and the United States, in addition to Norway, Japan and France. Recent publications featuring Arnold’s work include Rolling Stone, Adbusters, Juxtapoz, Giant Robot, Artweek, Outside and National Fisherman. With international attention beginning to gain momentum for this promising young photographer—Fish-Work, on view at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, November 19 – December 20, 2008—is an opportunity to collect Arnold’s work before the secret is out.

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art presents contemporary and modern art that examines our world through subtle narratives. Since 1996, founder and director Charles A. Hartman has provided collectors with specialized access to fine art that reflects his consistently discerning lens. Creating a platform for both regional and international artists, the gallery advances aesthetics that are agile, historically relevant and uncompromising in quality. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11AM – 6PM, or by appointment.

Media Contact: Wendy Miller,, 503.235.4681
High-resolution images, interviews and additional information are available upon request.

I was lucky enough to be included in two great photographer/art compilation books this year.  Apenest Volume 2 was compiled by Cody Hoyt and Brian Willmont and packed with goodness from these lovely artists:

John Copeland, Denise Kupferschmidt, Justin B Williams, Sophia Dixon, Bill Dunlap, Corey Arnold, Andrew Schoultz, Joseph Hart, Cody Hoyt, Paul Wackers, Grimaldi Baez, Brian Willmont, Corey Corcoran, Fighting, Mark Chariker, Eddie Martinez, Jeremy + Claire Weiss, Anthony Sobiech, Elton Lovelace, Zac Scheinbaum, Deep Slumber Lake, Whitney Claflin, Eric Saline, Meghan Tomeo, Chris Wawrinofsky, Travis Neel, Rebecca Gordon, Suzy Coady, and Alex Lukas.


Various Photographs is the catalog for the exhibition of the same name, curated by Tim Barber for the 2008 New York Photo Festival.  You can find at least 3 of my pictures in there.  Tim’s kicking ass lately with the announcement of his own publishing company, T.V. Books.  He runs the notorious website Tiny Vices and has a new books series being released by Aperture.


Tanker Surfing in Galveston, Texas

September 13th, 2008

About a month ago, I was in Galveston, TX…  shooting some photos of surfers that ride the breaking wakes of Oil Tankers. A wonderful experience in which I’ll go into depth about in an upcoming blog… but just thought I’d post this one picture of Peter in honor of the good times out there. I hope you all are safe and dry.Tanker Surfing in Galveston, Texas

I’ve joined Charles over at his self-titled “Charles A. Hartman Fine Art” gallery in Portland Oregon recently. He will be hosting a solo show of my FISH-WORK series opening November 20, 2008. The gallery is located next door to Blue Sky Gallery in the beautifully renovated Desoto Project building (park blocks). Stop in, say hello and see some pictures in person in the near future. Charles is a real nice guy.

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
134 NW 8th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 287-3886


It’s been so long since I’ve regularly kept up with this blog… that it’s hard to begin again. A lot has happened since the new year and I’ve probably got about 10 posts worth of recapping to do before I get to current events… So, let’s just make this easy and I’ll just post out of order for the next year or so. Maybe I’ll suddenly remember in October something that happened in Feb, and I’ll post a picture with words… and you’ll wonder why there is snow in the background… etc. but you’ll never email me about it because it’s probably of no urgency to anyone to bring that to anyones attention… yeah.

Well since I’m a photographer, it just occurred to me that I should insert photos in my posts or no one would ever care to read the blog because there’s nothing to gain from reading yet another diary from someone you don’t know.

Ok, Let’s start with Switzerland. I went to Switzerland in March for a week. It was fully funded by a wonderful travel magazine which of whom I will mention when the story is actually published.

people wear rediculous outfits in switzerland

People in Switzerland as it turns out, are usually German tourists. (see above)

leopard woman

I met really interesting people and ate a lot of hot cheese, snowboarded everyday, the was force fed very expensive wine by the hosts. People in Arosa, Switzerland are not afraid to rock real big cat fur coats.


I got to hang out with the above man, we dined and laughed, skied together and pretended to understand each other.


He was quite agile.

mustache skier

I don’t normally sneak photos of people in public… and this is no exception. I gave him the old “can I take your picture wink” and he gave me a head nod that I think meant “yes, I’d actually prefer it”.

people helping people

Switzerland is about teamwork


I tried my hand a bit of action sports photography.  This ain’t half bad I suppose.


This is where the blog starts to get all stock photo-y.  Someone in this building was recieving a massage at the exact moment the photograph was taken.

The swiss girl in the airport train

Has anyone that’s flown to Zurich seen this girl in the terminal train of the airport? I fell in love instantly and thought about her my whole trip. She winked at me on a hundred TV screens, then blew me a kiss. If anyone out there knows her personally, please be in touch.

That’s it for my Switzerland post… next up, Hawaii in April!

My cat has a stunt double

July 26th, 2008

I have a new housemate and her cat is the identical cat to mine but a little bigger.

I’ve been off the grid in Alaska for nearly a month now photographing the salmon fishermen of Bristol Bay, Alaska. I can’t wait to develop this film and hope that my digital files make the trip after my backup hard drive failed… probably due to jarring skiff rides across the bay. More pics and hopefully a more regularly updated blog will come.


Last night was the opening of the New York Photography festival with four main exhibitions curated by Tim Barber, Martin Parr, Kathy Ryan, and Leslie Martin.


My friend JD Hooge of Portland along with his team at Gridplane have built a new website for me. Thanks, I hope ya’all like it.  This is also the beginning of this blog (everything before this was old news).


There is a nice photography issue of Juxtapoz out now. Friends Amy Stein, Alex Prager, and myself among others were the lucky ones included.

NPR Interview

April 22nd, 2008

NPR Slideshow 

The nice people at NPR’s Bryant Park Show interviewed me in New York City, cut it up and slapped together a slideshow about crab photography.  You can find it here

Deadliest Catch Ad Campaign

April 21st, 2008

Times Square Billboard NYC

Earlier this year, I was hired by Discovery Channel to shoot the Captains of Deadliest Catch.  Right now, you can find four billboards up in NYC and Los Angeles as well as ads in several major publications.  I happened by this 10 story pic just off of Times Square last week!  You can also find the pic on the Deadliest Catch homepage as well as a slide show of images I shot in Dutch Harbor.