William Arnold                                                
   Photo © Tristan Hooper (2019)

William Arnold (b.1983)


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. He lives and works in west Cornwall, UK. 


MA Photography - Photography & The Land (University of Plymouth 2014)

BA (hons) History (University of Lancaster 2004)


Suburban Herbarium (2020) Uniformbooks - with foreword by Mark Cocker and essay by Professor Val Williams.

The Last Hundred (2019) Guillemot Press

Glasney Flora with Steve Patterson (2018) Self-published

March 2018 - CURCURBITA MAXIMUS on Antler Press 

February 2016 - Sacred & Absurd: Votive Offerings At The West Penwith Holy Wells (Antler Press)

October 2014 - Making Time (Self-published / Making Time Collective)

Selected recent press, online & print:

Suburban Herbarium centre-fold feature De Standaard, Belgium,  June 17th,  2020

Suburban Herbarium centre-fold feature The Guardian, June 2nd 2020

Caught By The River - review by Rob St. John, May 2020

September 2017 - Photo Primitive, Manor Magazine, Issue 21

August 2017 - Financial Times Weekend 'Possessed: The Dangers of The Digital Home' (Paywall) Photographs from Living Spaces for an article by Edwin Heathcote

October 2016 - Oh Comely (Issue 31) 'To The Edgelands' feature on Suburban Herbarium by Frances Ambler

June 2016 - Interview with Diva Harris at Caught By The River

April 2016 - Review of Sacred & Absurd book by Ian Humberstone

Recent Exhibitions :


Some Interesting Apples - Wild & Seedling Pomological Exhibition at Kestle Barton

Newlyn & Exchange - Entrance Gallery at Exchange  2nd October to 3rd January 2021 (SOLO)

Radical Botany - Eden Project 


Sea Garden at RAMM, Exeter - works from Holdfast  - a collaboration with Mollie Goldstrom

Library of Plants - Engine Room, Exchange Gallery - collected works by particpants in my public workshop of the same name. 

Official Secrets | Cauliflower Fields at Backlane West with Robin Dowell and Mollie Goldstrom.


Anima Mundi - Mixed Winter Exhibition

Suburban Herbarium - Kestle Barton  (SOLO) 

Muir Is Tir (Sea & Land) An Lanntair, Stornoway & Edinburgh College of Art

In Search of Darkness - Project Space, Grizedale Sculpture Park in association with Lumen Studios


'O' - artdoteath - Dartington

Shadows II: Natural Transformations - London College of Communication

Photo Pioneer | Photo Primitive - St. John on Bethnal Green - in association with Photography and The Archive Research Centre, UAL, London


Photo Pioneer | Photo Primitive - Penwith Society Gallery St. Ives (William Arnold, Melanie King, Oliver Raymond-Barker, Andy Hughes)

London Pinhole Festival '16 - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston


Anima-Mundi, Mixed Winter Exhibition

ESPY Award Show, Elysium Gallery, Swansea

LAPC at Silverprint, London (Invited speaker)

London Pinhole Festival '15 - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston,


MAKING TIME: New Photographic Constructions - Penwith Society Gallery, St. Ives - co-curator and exhibitor (Nick Hughes, Andy Hughes, Hannah Guy, William Arnold, Oliver Raymond-Barker)

PHOTOMASTERS - Old Truman Brewery, London

Beyond The Camera - Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

Nocturnal - University of Plymouth - Land Water & Visual Arts Symposium - invited film screening.

London Pinhole Festival - curated group show - Doomed Gallery, Dalston

'I' - (PASSING THROUGH THE VEIL OF SOLITUDE) curated by Anima Mundi. St. Ives


Vignette Awards Show, Bristol

Peaches & Cream III, DreamSpace, London (October

Royal Photographic Society - 156th Annual International Print Exhibition

Photography & The Expedition - Invited Speaker (University of Plymouth)


Cornwall Film Festival

Silverprint, London

Magnum Photos, London – IdeasTap Photographic Award


Photomonth – Old Truman Brewery, London. (October 2011)

Accolades, awards etc.

Caught By The River Book of The Month, May 2020 

Shortlisted for the Eden Project/FoAM Residency: Invisible
Worlds (2018).

ESPY Photo Award 2015 (shortlist)

Vignette Awards 2013 (shortlist)

Royal Photographic Society - 156th Annual International Print Exhibition (selected artist - 2 photographs)

Peaches & Cream III - selected by Milim and Crane Kalman Gallery 2013 (shortlist)

Magnum Photos - Ideas Tap Photographic Award - Finalist and Conceptual Category Winner (2011)

Writing on Photography

Review of Botanical by Samuel Zeller (Hoxton Mini Press) for Caught by The River (2018)

Field Trips | Public Engagement

Some Interesting Apples - Wild & Seedling Pomological Exhibition at Kestle Barton (2020)

Quarantine Herbarium (2020) 

Some Interesting Apples
, Kestle Barton (2020- ) 

Alluvial Strands for Groundwork Art (2018)

Library of Plants - public workshop and exhibition for Newlyn & Exchange Galleries.  (2019)


Public workshops, lectures etc. for clients including: Bath Spa University, CAST, Tate St. Ives, Newlyn & Exchange, Groundwork Art

William regularly teaches photography at Truro & Penwith College, Cornwall

Visiting lecturer at Bath Spa University


Guest Projects / LAPC, Sustainable Darkroom (2020)
In Search of Darkness, Lumen Studios/ Grizedale Forestry Commission (2018)  
Muir Is Tir (Land & Sea) An Lanntair, Stornoway (2017)
Dartmoor Arts Project (2014)