John Hagen is an editorial and fine arts photographer. While most landscape work from Alaska showcases the state’s natural beauty, Hagen tries to create a counter-narrative to postcard-perfect Alaskana by showcasing abstract elements of a spot. “People, place and the interaction between the two are the inspiration for my work. I typically will draw my work from places in peril or of places that are special,” he said. Hagen studied photojournalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in New Media Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He was recently awarded and Artist-in-Residency at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.
Haines is known as the "Arts Capital of Alaska" for good reason: A recent report compiled by Southeast Conference showed more than 80 artists are living here and earning some degree of income from their work. Click on the images below to check them out.