All photographs on this website © copyright Shaun O'Boyle, all rights reserved.
This website is dedicated to work done since 2015 in the Arctic on a Guggenheim Photography Fellowship, and in the Antarctic with the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. I traveled to Antarctica twice with the National Science Foundation in 2015 and 2017, and I will be working on a new photography project at the South Pole Station in October 2019. The Arctic work in Svalbard and Iceland is ongoing, with a recent visit to Svalbard in April 2019.
This project explores the complexity of Arctic and Antarctic regions, looking to the present landscape as the direct result of human and natural histories that have shaped these regions. It's a perspective that sees the landscape at the intersection of culture and topography, as an ongoing process of change on both a geologic and cultural scale. These extreme environments are experiencing rapid changes due to climate change (parts of the Arctic are warming up to ten times faster than lower latitudes), geopolitics, mineral extraction, population shifts, and an increasing Arctic tourism.
Book: My book Modern Ruins: Portraits of Place in the Mid-Atlantic Region was published in 2010 by Penn State University Press. The book includes photographs of steel mills, institutions, coal mining, and Bannerman’s Arsenal on Pollepel Island on the Hudson River, an introduction by Geoff Manaugh, and brief essays by noted historians Curt Miner, Kenneth Warren, Kenneth Wolensky, and Thomas Lewis who offer social and historical contexts for the photographs in the book.
My photographs have been featured in a number of books, magazines and websites including Smithsonian Magazine's Years Best Photographs (Dec 2017); Smithsonian Magazine article Nightmare on the Ice by author Kim Stanley Robinson (Dec 2017); Photo District News, October 2017 article titled Science-Focused Artist Residencies on the Rise; Lenswork #77 2008 (cover and feature on Bethlehem Steel); George Barr's Why Photographs Work; Brooks Jensen's Looking at Images; 2012 issue of Loupe; EXIT magazine (Spain); Dylan Trigg’s The Aesthetics of Decay; The Next American City issue twelve; Weird NJ - photographs in multiple issues; and a number of other magazines and album covers.
I have photographed, designed and self-published eight different books including Bethlehem Steel, The Boatyard, Bazaar, Kennedy Space Center, The Asylum, Rail Lines and Housatonic River available here.