Arctic Light seeks to celebrate a legacy of examining the dynamic quality of light in remote, wild locations. Launched in 2015 by Carl Johnson, an award-winning landscape and nature photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska, we invite you to explore with us some of the farthest corners of this earth through our many galleries and upcoming events and workshops. Please continue scrolling below for a quick tour or navigate the menu above for direct access throughout this website.


We offer personalized day tours geared toward the traveler who has some extra time in the Anchorage area and is looking for an activity to fill the day, or part of the day. There are four different open tours initially offered in this category at different times of the year.

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2016 Workshop Schedule

Brooks Range Aurora and Winter Landscapes

March 12-22

Katmai Coast Wildlife

June 8-12

Lake Clark Bears

August 19-22

Katmai Base Camp Bears

August 30-September 3

Polar Bears and Aurora

September 13-16

Photo Tours

Aurora Borealis | Anchorage Moose
Wildflowers | Turnagain Arm

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Multi-day excursions offered by Arctic Light incorporate elements of classroom and/or field instruction. These workshops are offered year-round and oriented to provide instruction on a variety of subjects and techniques. Focus of each will vary per location.

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A tour is generally a location photo opportunity where a professional photographer guides you to ensure you capture the best images at the right time of day for each location, while providing some limited in-field instruction. Tours are generally geared toward the intermediate and advanced photographic consumer. A workshop combines the location photography elements with comprehensive classroom instruction and field assignments to practice particular skills and techniques. Workshops are thus geared more toward the beginning to intermediate photographic consumer.

Beginning in the summer of 2011, Carl embarked on a journey to create a comprehensive photo-essay book that explores the science, culture and history of the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. The project examines the way of life in the region as reflected in commercial fishing, subsistence, and recreational activities. The Bristol Bay region stands out as a land of natural riches, abundance and culture unparalleled in the United States. Click to learn more about this and other projects on the horizon.


Four new calendars are coming soon; three of which will be first editions. Limited copies will be available for each: 2016 Anchorage (First Edition), 2016 Alaska (First Edition), 2016 Aurora Borealis (Second Edition).

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Join photographer Carl Johnson throughout his various adventures and gain a first-hand perspective of his photography. Interactions with various cultures and locations, the perils of the rugged outdoors, chance encounters with magnificent wildlife, and much more.

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