Joe Cornish is a landscape photographer with a focus on conservation, environment and education. He studied fine art at Reading University in the 1970s, and went on to become a freelance photographer after three years assisting in Washington and London.
In 1991 Joe was the official photographer of an Operation Raleigh expedition to Alaska, an experience that was to shift his understanding and perspective on landscape and nature. In recent years he has co-led photo-expedition sea voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic. He has freelanced for the National Trust since the late 1980s, working on countless projects and books with them since.
Books have made him one of the most influential landscape photographers of his generation. First Light, a Landscape Photographer’s Art is studied in schools and colleges, while Scotland’s Mountains, a Landscape Photographer’s View has been judged a classic by both photographers and mountaineers. This Land is a collaboration with countryside writer Roly Smith. He was the principal photographer for Capability Brown, designing the English Landscape, by John Phibbs, widely regarded as the finest tercentenary book on Brown.
Joe has been a judge on Wildlife Photographer of the Year; he is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), and is now on the RPS Fellowship Board. An experienced public speaker, he has hosted the Natural History Museum’s Understanding Photography evenings since 2011.
He has lived in North Yorkshire since 1993, and is director of a gallery partnership in Northallerton for whom he makes most of the prints on display. Joe has worked with many of the greats of contemporary photography and loves collaborating with artists, musicians and writers as well.
Presentation 1: One Land, One Ocean; Journeys to the polar regions.
Since 2013 I have been lucky enough to make a number of trips to Antarctica, and to the Arctic. These experiences have been rewarding and challenging photographically, and full of unexpected wonders. The talk will show images from across both these regions and explore some of the environmental themes and controversies that the traveller must inevitably face.
Presentation 2: Evolution and Revolution; a Life in Landscape Photography
My career as a photographer began when I was still an art student in the 1970s. It seems incredible that forty years later I have suffered the tumultuous technical revolution of digital capture, imaging, post-processing and printing and find myself more in love with photography than ever. My own work has evolved, yet in some ways remains the same; and I also remain a devoted student of photography. The talk will be accompanied by photographs from way back when to the present day.