William Arnold is an experimental, conceptual and documentary photographer, interested in the layers of human and natural history that comprise the making of the landscape, and the role played by the photograph in documenting time and change—the subjective and objective politics of places and their histories.
“William Arnold is an experimentalist, probing photography’s processes to break new ground… In these perilous times, his work considers the importance of ecologies, the everyday and the indispensable forces of nature.”
- Val Williams (Professor of the History and Culture of Photography, London College of Communication)
His first monograph Suburban Herbarium was published by Uniformbooks (2020) and reprinted (2022) with work showcased in various publications and periodicals including: The Guardian, New Scientist, De Standaard, Source and Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine.
The book SUNSPOTS (2023) was released on William Arnold’s own label Bare Pipes Press. The book and a print from the series is held in the collection of the National Art Library, V & A Museum, London.
They live and work in west Cornwall, UK where they are one half of the Some Interesting Apples research project concerning the propagation of novel Malus cultivars from chance seedlings. They are the long-term tenent of a large vegetable garden striving towards a degree of self-sufficiency while conducting horticultural experiments, which depending on the context can be presented as part of an exciting expanded art practice, or exercise in self-inflicted vegetal insanity.
William teaches photography at Falmouth University.
An abridged CV can be found below.
MA Photography - Photography & The Land (University of Plymouth 2014)
BA (hons) History (University of Lancaster 2004)
SUNSPOTS (2023) Bare Pipes Press - with essay Mortal Remains by Professor Val Williams.
Suburban Herbarium (2020) Uniformbooks - with foreword by Mark Cocker and essay by Professor Val Williams.
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