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Joe Cornish

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Address: Joe Cornish Gallery
Register House
Zetland Street
Telephone: +44 (0)1609 777404


Influence: Contemporary influential

Joe Cornish is an English photographer renowned for his travel and large format landscape photography.

Joe Cornish was born in Exeter in 1958. He studied art at Reading University, where he first came under the spell of photography. After graduating in 1980, he worked as an assistant for four years in London and Washington DC.

In 1986 his early travel and landscape photography was accepted into Charlie Waite's photolibrary, Landscape Only. From 1986 to 1995 Joe was responsible for either all or the majority of the photography in more than thirty travel books; these years were the proving ground for the landscape work that was to follow. In 1990, his first book for the National Trust, In Search of Neptune, led to an exhibition at London's Festival Hall. Freelance National Trust commissions followed for nearly three decades. In 1991 he went to Alaska with Raleigh International as expedition photographer. Alaska inspired Joe's commitment to wild places and wilderness. These experiences have convinced him of the vital role photography plays in environmental advocacy.

Joe moved to North Yorkshire in 1993. After a decade shooting 35mm and 6x6 film, in 1995 he started working with a Horseman SW 612 wide-angle camera. After another year he switched to the Ebony 5x4inch camera. Years of working with a technical camera, both film and more recently medium format digital, helped him develop the technical and aesthetic approach that characterises his work today.

In 1999, with designers Joni and Joe Essex, Joe started Joegraphic, publishing cards and calendars. Starting in Stokesley, the acquisition of Register House in Northallerton in 2004 led to the formation of Joe Cornish Galleries. The Joe Cornish Northallerton gallery houses a programme of exhibitions throughout the year. This includes many established and young photographers, mainly focussing on themes of landscape, wildlife and conservation, as well as Joe's current work and examples from his past archive.

Joe helped Tim Parkin set up – the online magazine that has become a significant voice for the landscape photography community around the world.

In recent years Joe has focussed on running workshops, leading tours, writing essays and articles, and collaborating with fellow photographers and artists. David Ward is a long term workshop co-leader, and Joe also co-leads with Antony Spencer, Justin Reznick, Mark Banks and with wildlife photographer and author Mark Carwardine, whose polar expedition cruise ships have given Joe the opportunity to photograph landscapes in the Arctic and Antarctic. He is renowned for his lectures, and has frequently hosted events for the Natural History Museum, since serving as a judge on Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is a trustee of the North York Moors National Park Trust, and is currently Chair of the RPS Fellowship Board. He remains an active working photographer with book commissions ongoing.