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?
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.
Adbusters used one of my favorite seascapes, The North Sea, in a spread in the Nov/Dec, 2012 issue out now!
I’m really happy to have my photo “Slack Water”, a seascape I shot while crabbing in the Bering Sea on the cover of the new Sea Wolf album Old World Romance that was released this month. Sea Wolf is an LA based band led by Alex Brown Church and signed by Dangerbird Records. Nice guys, great music.
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.
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.
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!
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” .
I was recently interviewed for the August 2012 issue of GEO Magazine in France. They put together this nice 8 page layout of Images text by Donatien Garnier about my FISH-WORK series. Nice people over there… thanks!
Out now is a story in the September 2012 issue of Portland monthly that’s worth a look. The text was written by my salmon wrangling accomplice, Tim Sohn who painted a beautiful picture of Graveyard Point, the remote Sockeye Salmon encampment we live and work from at the mouth of the Kvichak River in Bristol Bay. In the spotlight are my friends who run a salmon CSA out of Portland and Brooklyn called Iliamna Seafood (good stuff). Thanks to the fine people at PM for the beautiful layout. I’ll be having a solo exhibition of images from the Graveyard Point series opening October 4, 2012 at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland’s Pearl district. Read the story along with an online slideshow here.
Last week I was in Rockland, Maine, doing a little talk about Fish-Work at the Strand Theatre sponsored by the nice people at the Island Institute. I love maine and had a fantastic time chatting it up about lobsters and wallowing in lobster rolls. I ended up on local TV in Maine, talking a bit randomly about the usual… fish and photography. Here is a little online clip. It’s a bit embarrassing but what the heck.
The good folks at Ampersand Vintage, my favorite photography book store in the West, put together a great show this month which includes Alec Soth, Todd Hido, Clayton Cotterell, Raymond Meeks, Tatum Shaw, and Shawn Records, and myself. We were all asked to show excerpts from new projects or one-offs that don’t exactly fit into our usual routines. Please come down and have a look, its worth it.
B-SIDES (via Ampersand)
July 25 to August 26, 2012
Our August show features work by Corey Arnold, Clayton Cotterell, Todd Hido, Ron Jude, Raymond Meeks, Shawn Records, Tatum Shaw & Alec Soth, photographers that we have always admired, even obsessed over a little. Each of their recent photobook publications & exhibitions have been like vinyl records, constantly on rotation in our minds. Like anything one becomes obsessed with, there is the inclination to seek out more, or, extending the analogy, to experience the B-sides.
Ampersand Gallery and Books
2916 NE ALBERTA ST in PORTLAND, OR
Tuesday to Saturday – 12 to 7
Sunday – 12 to 5
A couple of my photographs were recently included in a group show at ClampArt in New York City’s Chelsea District. The show is up until friday the 17th and includes some of my all time favorite photographers. Sadly, I was unable to attend as I was fishing in Alaska but there are a few days left to check it out! Below is some info:
Into The Woods
June 28 – August 17, 2012
ClampArt is pleased to present “Into the Woods,” a group exhibition including artworks by Corey Arnold, Anna Beeke, Jesse Burke, Caleb Charland, Larry Clark, Lisa DiLillo, Adam Ekberg, Nan Goldin, Gregory Halpern, Collin LaFleche, Sebastian Lemm, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, David Nadel, Ahndraya Parlato, Pacifico Silano, Chad States, Amy Stein, and Robert Voit.
“Into the Woods” brings together work by a wide-range of artists all employing lens-based technologies who have found inspiration in the natural world or wish to comment upon human interaction with and dependence upon Mother Nature.
Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
I’ll be showing pictures from my Fish-Work series, talking about commercial fishing and my life as a photographer at the beautiful Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine tomorrow night at 7pm. The event is Presented by the Island Institute. Tell your Maine friends to say hello!
FISH-WORK, An Evening with Corey Arnold
Alaskan fisherman-photographer Corey Arnold celebrates the unique bond between fishermen and the fish they catch. Over the past five years, Arnold, 35, has become internationally recognized as the preeminent lens through which we might glimpse their strange, wondrous world. In addition to his seven years on a 103-foot crabbing boat in the Bering Sea – captured in his arresting book Fish-Work – Arnold has traveled to Spain, Greece, Poland, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands. His photographs from Europe and along the Norwegian coast illuminate his passionate belief that “conserving the human aspect of fishing is just as important as keeping the fish life cycles going.”
On Thursday evening, Arnold will show a selection of his favorite photographs, share the stories behind them and answer question about his experiences. He is a thoughtful observer, a conservation-minded fisherman, and an engaging storyteller whose stunning images will deepen your appreciation for the seafood you eat and the people who harvest it.
A folio of Arnold’s work appears in the 2012 Island Journal, the Island Institute’s annual publication, as well as the new Island Journal app for iPads and Android tablets. The Institute, a membership-based nonprofit located in Rockland, is hosting his visit as a way to introduce his imagery to new audiences and to highlight our shared passion for helping sustain island and coastal fishing communities – in Maine and beyond.
For more information on Corey Arnold’s work, please visit www.coreyfishes.com. The 2012 Island Journal can be found at Archipelago, the Institute’s retail store, located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, or online at www.thearchipelago.net.
Images from my Bering Sea and new Graveyard Point series will be projected on the big screen at the Look3, Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia tomorrow night. My work was chosen among 44 other photographers including favorites Todd Hido, Jason Fulford, and Simon Norfolk. I wish I was there, but I’m pretty happy to be in Portland at the moment between whaling in Norway and Salmon fishing in Alaska next week. Below is some more info from the Festival!
Showcasing some of the most exciting and innovative current photography projects today, these Friday and Saturday evening projections in the Charlottesville Pavilion present a dynamic cross-section of work from photojournalism to fine art. In these 2-hour projections, established professionals and emerging artists are given the rare opportunity to fully express an entire project to a large audience. With the freedom to show many images and add voice and/or music to accompany the projection, artists are freed from typical commercial constraints.
How the selections are made: Each year LOOK3 reaches out to a number of individuals and organizations requesting stand-out photo projects to be considered for the SHOTS and WORKS projections. From this pool of suggestions, LOOK3′s board of advisors and guest curators choose a final selection of 40-50 projects that demonstrate achievements in artistic vision. We are unable, unfortunately, to accept individual submissions due to limited staff and resources.
SHOTS & WORKS Schedule
Friday, June 8 | 9pm
Saturday, June 9 | 9pm
Location: Charlottesville Pavilion
A shot I made while snorkeling on a wreck in Southern Greece was just published in the April 2012 issue of Outside Magazine.
Last weekend was the opening of a massive photo festival in Knokke-Heist, Belgium called Wonderland. Christophe De Jaeger, the curator of the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels (BOZAR), chose six international photographers to show their work all over town, indoors and outdoors on a gigantic scale. The photographers include Michael Light, Ruud Van Empel, Sanna Kannisto, Olaf Otto Becker, Corey Arnold, and Gerco De Ruijter. Knokke is a high class beach town on the coast of Belgium and they spared no expense producing enormous inkjet prints on Canvas and Dibond plates. The show was designed to be a bike tour taking you on a scavenger hunt around the city and countryside. I also had a solo exhibition of Fish-Work images at the Sincfala Museum in Heist. Here are some snaps! Oh, and I was interviewed by A Belgian TV station called Cobra. You can watch the video here.
A few early photographs send to me from the setup of my exhibition opening this weekend in Knokke-Heist, Belgium at the Sincfala Museum. There will be about 25 more of these big ones!