Thomas Joshua Cooper

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“There are no birds, bugs or animals on the Polar Ice Shelf. Nothing you can see. Just the wind and the sound of ice cracking.”—Thomas Joshua Cooper

Thomas Joshua Cooper has spent the last 20-plus years traversing the Atlantic Basin to “make his pictures.” His “atlas” project began in 1989 as a means of creating a photographic dialogue between the old world and the new. From his home in Scotland to the southern-most point of the African continent, to the edges of Antarctica and up to the top of South America, Cooper has chartered boats, planes, helicopters, and even rode a nuclear powered icebreaker to document important geographical and historical points. Cooper may be the first person ever to reach all of the extremities of the Atlantic Basin and may certainly be the last as up to 35 percent of the sites he has visited will no longer exist in 15 years due to rising sea levels.

In 2007, he ventured to the North Pole, where he took images of pure whiteness, wanting to “convey the experience of cold and white while removing any objects or points of reference.” Cooper traditionally eliminates the horizon from his camera frame as he wants to “remove ease and create an interior space” for the viewer. Later he spent 90 days on a 50-foot boat in the Antarctic visiting both known and unknown places on the map, along the way discovering an uncharted island that he subsequently was able to name after his wife, Catherine. And, while stationed on land at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, he worked in negative 41 degrees with a wind chill of 77 below to make his image The Polar Plateau: The South Pole, Antarctica, 2007-2008, 90°. Despite being equipped with special film for below freezing temperatures, Cooper’s photo bears witness to the extreme weather conditions by way of a random black jagged line where the negative cracked.

Since he began his career on April Fool’s Day in 1969, Cooper has used just one camera, an 1898 wooden field camera, that can be alternatively perilous to carry along high sea cliffs or a life saver, as when he was trapped in quicksand. From the start, he promised himself to only take pictures outdoors and to only make one exposure per photograph.

Born in San Francisco in 1946, he studied art, philosophy, and literature at Humboldt State University before completing his Masters of Art in Photography at the University of New Mexico in 1972. His first solo show was held in 1971, and since then, he has been the subject of over 95 solo exhibitions throughout the world. Cooper’s work has also been included in over 80 group exhibitions. Thomas Joshua Cooper has received numerous awards including a Photography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1978) and, most recently, a John Simon Guggenheim Award (2009).  In 2010, Cooper was the first recipient of the Lannan Visual Arts Award.

Cooper’s photographs can be found in over 50 public collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; Nimes Museum of Contemporary Art, France; The Polaroid Collection, Frankfurt; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; The Tate Gallery, London; and The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Lannan Foundation holds the single largest collection of Thomas Cooper’s work. Cooper is the founding head of photography at the Glasgow School of Art.

Recently, Cooper has had exhibitions at PaceWildenstein, New York (solo) (2006-2007); Unosunove Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (solo)(2007); Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain (2008); the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2008-2009); the Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2008-2009); Haunch of Venison, UK (solo)(2009); the Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, Scotland (2009); GMG Gallery, Moscow, Russia (2009); Bafa Foto, Geneva, Switzerland (2009); the Lannan Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (solo)(2009); the Glasgow School of Art (solo) (2011) and the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)(2014).

The Lannan Foundation made a grant to Radius Books in support of Cooper’s book, Thomas Joshua Cooper: Shoshone Falls and also to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in 2012 in support of the presentation of Cooper’s Shoshone Falls photographs.

Artwork

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|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Sudden Nightfall, The Last View, Shoshone Falls, Centre Rim Top…

Shoshone Falls: Sudden Nightfall, The Last View, Shoshone Falls, Centre Rim Top, The Snake River Basin, The Twin Falls and The Jerome County

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Lingering Twighling, The First View, Shoshone Falls, Centre Rim Top…

Shoshone Falls: Lingering Twighling, The First View, Shoshone Falls, Centre Rim Top, The Snake River Basin, The Twin Falls and The Jerome

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: “Bridal Falls”, Shoshone Falls, The Snake River Basin, The West Bank Floor Part 2

Shoshone Falls: “Bridal Falls”, Shoshone Falls, The Snake River Basin, The West Bank Floor, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004
Part 2 of 2

Size: 15x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: “Bridal Falls”, Shoshone Falls, The Snake River Basin, The West Bank Rim Top Part 1

Shoshone Falls: “Bridal Falls”, Shoshone Falls, The Snake River Basin, The West Bank Rim Top, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004
Part1 of 2

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: High Noon, Binding Light and Heat, Boulder and The Snake Rive…

Shoshone Falls: High Noon, Binding Light and Heat, Boulder and The Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Broken Bouldern, Along the Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Jerome County

Shoshone Falls: Broken Bouldern, Along the Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: High Noon, Shoshone Falls, From the Floor of the Snake River Basin…

Shoshone Falls: High Noon, Shoshone Falls, From the Floor of the Snake River Basin, The Jerome and Twin Falls County Borderline, Idaho, USA

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Early Morning, Shoshone Falls, From the Floor of the Snake River Basin

Shoshone Falls: Early Morning, Shoshone Falls, From the Floor of the Snake River Basin, The Jerome and Twin Falls County Borderline, Idaho

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Early Evening, Shoshone Falls, From the Floor of the Snake River Basin

Shoshone Falls: Early Evening, Shoshone Falls, From the Floor of the Snake River Basin, The Jerome and Twin Falls County Borderline, Idaho

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, “The Fullel”, No. 3, Pillar Falls, Twin Falls County

Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, “The Fullel”, No. 3, Pillar Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Shoshone Falls and The Snake River Basin, The East Bank Rim Top…

Shoshone Falls: Shoshone Falls and The Snake River Basin, The East Bank Rim Top, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Shoshone Falls and The Snake River Basin, The West Bank Rim Top…

Shoshone Falls: Shoshone Falls and The Snake River Basin, The West Bank Rim Top, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Pillar Rock and The Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Twin Falls County…

Shoshone Falls: Pillar Rock and The Snake River, Pillar Falls Canyon, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Riolite Rocks, Shoshone Falls, The Snake River Basin, The East Bank Rim Top…

Shoshone Falls: Riolite Rocks, Shoshone Falls, The Snake River Basin, The East Bank Rim Top, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, Cauldron Linn, No. 2, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, Cauldron Linn, No. 2, Jerome County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Remembering My Tribal Grandparents on the Little Blue River, Southwest of Vinita…

Shoshone Falls: Remembering My Tribal Grandparents on the Little Blue River, Southwest of Vinita, The Cherokee Nation, Mayes County

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: A Premonitional Work, message to Timothy H. O’Sullivan… Part 2

Shoshone Falls: A Premonitional Work, message to Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Iceland, 1987
Part 2 of a 2 part

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: A Premonitional Work, message to Timothy H. O’Sullivan… Part 1

Shoshone Falls: A Premonitional Work, message to Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Iceland, 1987
Part 1 of a 2 part

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: Mythic Stone, A Premonitional Work, message to Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Gullfoss (Gold

Shoshone Falls: Mythic Stone, A Premonitional Work, message to Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Iceland, 1987

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: A Premonitional Work, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Iceland, 1987

Shoshone Falls: A Premonitional Work, Gullfoss (Golden Falls), Iceland, 1987

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, “The Funnel”, No. 1, Piller Falls Canyon…

Shoshone Falls: The Snake River, “The Funnel”, No. 1, Piller Falls Canyon, Twin Falls County, Idaho, USA, 2003-2004

Size: 15 x 18 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The Beagle Canal

The Beagle Canal

Our “Punta Final”
Near Puerto Williams, Isla Navarino
Antartica Chilena
Chile, 2008

Very near the South-most settlement with
a permanent population in the world
54° 56.09’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The Beagle Canal

The Beagle Canal

Punta Fortuna,
Puerto Harberton, Isla Grande Tierra del Fuego
Tierra del Fuego
Argentina, 2006-2008

54°52.51’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> severe storm warning

severe storm warning
The Drake Passage

Cabo de Hornos / Cape Horn,
Isla Hornos /The Island of Horn
Islas Hermite, Antartica Chilena
Chile, 2006-2008

Very near the South-most point
of all South America
59° 59’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> safe harbour

safe harbour
Ardley Cove

King George Island
The South Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Antarctica, 2008

62° 12.1’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> slippery rocks

slippery rocks
The Antarctic Sound

Cape Dubouzet
Trinity Peninsula, Graham Land
The Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica, 2008

The Northeast-most point of Continental Antarctica
63° 16’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> “uncharted dangers” – sudden clearing

“uncharted dangers” – sudden clearing

Prime Head IceWall
Trinity Peninsula, Graham Land
The Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica, 2008

The North-most point of Continental Antarctica
63° 12’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> “uncharted dangers” – dense fog

“uncharted dangers” – dense fog
The Bransfield Strait
The Mouth of The Antarctic Soun

Prime Head
Trinity Peninsula, Graham Land
The Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica, 2008

The North-most point of Continental Antarctica
63° 12’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Port Charcot

Port Charcot

Booth Island
Graham Land
Antarctica, 2008

65°14.1’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay

Port Lockroy
Weincke Island, Palmer Archipelago
Graham Land
Antarctica, 2008

Very near Base A, the second oldest
research site in Antarctica
64° 49’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Kangertittivaq / Scoresbysund

Kangertittivaq / Scoresbysund

Uunarteq / Kap Tobin
Liverpool Land, Tunu / Ost / East
Greenland, Denmark, 2007-2008

From the longest Word in the world
70° 24.641’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The Greenland Sea

The Greenland Sea

Kap Patrick Brooke
Shannon Island
Dronning Margrethe II Land
Greenland, Denmark, 2007-2008

The South-most point of the Island
76° 00.950’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Prins Christian Sund

Prins Christian Sund
The North Atlantic Ocean
The Irminger Sea

The Eastern Entry
Kong Frederik IX Land
Greenland, Denmark, 2007-2008

60° 05.630’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The British Channel

The British Channel

Champa Island
Zemly Frantsa-Josifa / Franz-Josef Land
Russia, 2007-2008

The Southern region of
The Franz-Josef Land Archipelago
80° 37.765’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The British Channel

The British Channel

Champa Island
Zemly Frantsa-Josifa / Franz-Josef Land
Russia, 2007-2008

The Southern region of
The Franz-Josef Land Archipelago
80° 37.765’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> iceberg field from an iceberg summit

iceberg field from an iceberg summit
Jakobshavens IsWord
Disko Bay

Illulissat / Jakobshavens Isbras
Kittaa
Greenland, Denmark, 2007-2008

69° 12.008’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> icenest

icenest
The Greenland Sea
The Barents Sea

Fluglehuken / Bird Point
Prins Karls Foreland
Svalbard, Norway, 2004-2008

The West-most point of
The Svalbard Archipelago
78° 54.226’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Isfiorden

Isfiorden

Longyearbean
Spitzbergen, Adventdalen
Svalbard, Norway, 2008

78° 15.141’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> the midnight sun – freezing

the midnight sun – freezing
The Barents Sea – day three

Nordkapp / North Cape
Finnmark
Norway, 2003-2008
(a three-part work)

71° 10.210’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> midnight – freezing fog

midnight – freezing fog
The Barents Sea – day two

Nordkapp / North Cape
Finnmark
Norway, 2003-2008
(a three-part work)

71° 10.210’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The North Atlantic Ocean

The North Atlantic Ocean
The Denmark Strait

Looking towards Greenland
Bjargtangar, Vestur-Bardastrandarsysla
Vestfirdir
Iceland, 2007-2008

The West-most point of Iceland
65° 30.291’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> The North Atlantic Ocean

The North Atlantic Ocean

Akraberg
The Island of Suduroy
The Faroe Islands
Denmark, 2007-2008

The South-most point of
The Faroe Islands
61° 23.471’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


midnight – freezing rain

midnight – freezing rain
The Barents Sea – day one

Nordkapp / North Cape
Finnmark
Norway, 2003-2008
(a three-part work)

71° 10.210’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Oslofiorden

Oslofiorden

West – Looking towards Norway
Near Revholmen, Vesteroy
Norway, 1997-2008

58° 59.319’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> midnight

midnight
The Tornea Estuary / SkomkarWärd
The Gulf of Bothnia

West – Looking towards Sweden
Röytta, Lappi
Finland, 1997-2008

65° 45.323’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> midnight

midnight
The Mouth of the River Tornea
The Gulf of Bothnia

East – Looking towards Finland
Haparanda, Norrbotten
Sweden, 1997-2008

65° 49.062’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> Looking South – sudden darkness

looking South – sudden darkness
Just above the Arctic Circle
The Davis Strait

Sisimiut
Kong Frederik IX Land
Greenland, Denmark 2008

66° 55.412’ N

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> looking towards the deep South

looking towards the deep South
The Antarctic Circle
Crystal Sound

Bragg Island
Bisco Islands, Graham Land
Antarctica, 2008

66° 29.0’ S

Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection


|<br /><br /><em>(click to view large)</em> First Foot – ten minutes after midnight

First Foot – ten minutes after midnight
The Arctic Circle
At the River Tornea

North – Border Crossings
The Midnight Sun on Mid-Summer’s Night
The Swedish / Finnish Border, 1997-2008
(a two-part work)

The Summer Solstice
66º 33’ N


Size: 28 x 36 inches
Medium: Selenium and gold chloride toned silver gelatin print

Current Lannan Art Collection

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Thomas Joshua Cooper elsewhere on Lannan.org

Selections from True: Photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper, (Art)
Sojourns: Photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper, (Art)
Thomas Joshua Cooper, (Residency)
Thomas Joshua Cooper: Shoshone Falls Catalogue, (Art)
Transparent: Peter Alexander. Subhankar Banerjee. Uta Barth. Thomas Joshua Cooper. et al, (Art)
Thomas Joshua Cooper, (Bios)
Thomas Joshua Cooper: Carry Me, (Art)
Thomas Joshua Cooper: Shoshone Falls Exhibition Sun Valley Center for the Arts, ID, (Art)