What about me?



Born and raised in Denver, CO, Brian Arnold began his study of art in 1992, when he traveled to Bali, Indonesia to study Balinese religion, music and art. Still an undergraduate at The Colorado College, he went to Bali to complete a minor in ethnomusicology. After graduating, he moved to Denver, CO, and began working with a nonprofit group, Tunas Mekar, dedicated to bringing the traditional music, dance, and theater of Indonesia to an American audience. Working with this group, Brian continued to develop his interest in Balinese music, performing with various Balinese gamelans (percussion orchestras) in Wyoming and Colorado.

While pursuing his interest in Balinese music, Brian also began a study of photography. Working largely as a self-taught photographer, he photographed the landscapes of Colorado. His early photographs utilized a variety of 19th century photographic techniques, specifically platinum/palladium and gum bichromate printing.

After working on his photography alone for several years, Brian enrolled in an MFA program in photography at the Massachusetts College of Art. He taught photography and new media arts in the School of Art and Design at Alfred University for 15 years, and is currently working as a research fellow at Cornell University in the Southeast Asia Program.

Today, Brian continues to work with traditional black and white techniques, remaining committed to the alchemy of photography. All of his photographs are unique gelatin silver prints, toned with various combinations of selenium, sulfur, gold chloride, and Lipton tea.


5 thoughts on “What about me?

  1. So close and yet….why are you not connected with the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, a community arts school in Rochester and one of the few places that still has a core of traditional photography – classes, studios – and a dedicated group of photographers who are all about the really traditional – gum bichromate, cyanotype, wet plate collodion – you get the idea. Check us out – and send a note to : darkroom@geneseearts.org to get more connected. Call, come, join our facebook group, check out our website…

  2. Hey, Brian. I was on my computer and your name zoomed in to my head. I googled you and found your excellent blog. The first page (of course) I linked to from an image search was the one that had the “Search and Seizure” entry about you and Brian and me. I like your work a lot and am heart-warmed that you’re doing what your doing. Drop me a line sometime, or if you’re ever in the area… you know… Yeah!


  3. Hello,
    looking urgently for the Morton Feldman-Photo with the hat on your website, as we need it in a high resolution for a book. The Fotografer has no scan, so our only chance is to find it somewhere in the digital world. Could you please urgently contact me. Thank you very much!

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