Arctic Photography & Wildlife Research




I am a biologist and researcher by training and a self-taught photographer living in Trondheim, Norway.

During my PhD and graduate studies I concentrated on conservation genetics and wildlife ecology. My research focuses on the population genetics of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in Northern Europe by utilizing genetic data from non-invasive genetic sampling and legal harvest to monitor populations, to estimate bear numbers and effective population sizes and number of breeders, reconstruct wild pedigree and investigate the connectivity among areas and populations in Norway, Russia, Finland and Sweden. I further have studied the genetic composition and reconstructed pedigrees in Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), grey wolf (Canis lupus), polar bear (Ursus maritimus) and brown trout (Salmo trutta). A list of my publications can be found here.

My photography focuses heavily on the Arctic using its fragile structures and ever-changing, ambient light. I use mainly digital cameras but also try to incorporate analog photography into my work. My photos have been published as album covers, in web- as well as print magazines. If there is time, I write for outdoor photography magazines and websites. An almost complete list on my published work you can find here. A discography wearing my photos is available on Discogs.

Featured/interviewed previously:

ISO50 / Northletters / Rucksack MagazineJeckybeng / Out of the Fog / Expedition Bureau / Prolific Magazine / Old Skull / Área Visual / Jeff Hendrickson / Cabin Fever Collective


Go70North takes some of the most beautiful pictures for the Archivedubs & Faint Music labels, in collaboration with Warmth to put out some of the most beautiful music and associated vibrant aesthetics… Source: Ambiance Glitters.

"Alexander Kopatz lives in Norway [...] While primarily “a biologist and researcher studying brown bears”, he is also a stunning landscape photographer.  His work is a perfect match for the output of Spain’s Faint, run by Agustín Mena, who also runs the Archives label and records as SVLBRD and Warmth." [...] "The covers are cold wonders, inviting the viewers to consider the beauty of the forlorn season." Source: A Closer Listen: The Winter Music of Faint by Richard Allen. 

AG: Can you talk a bit about how you came to know cinematic mood capturer and prodigious photographer go70north AKA Alexander Kopatz? The collaboration work the two of you continue to do is very special to us — the first immediate prevalent example being the most recent Faint release: SVLBRD’s Stratus (Remodel). Agus: The first time I learned about his work was through the blog of Scott Hansen (Tycho). I was fascinated by the color of his photographs, you can almost feel the warmth in them. There is something special in his work, I can’t tell if it is the light, the noise, or the color. Alexander Kopatz is also a charming person. I asked him to use his photographs for the second CD release on Archives, almost three years ago, and since then we have collaborated on another 16 releases. 4 or 5 forthcoming releases are also in the making. It is the perfect visual aspect for the music of the label, as was the work of our sadly passed away Brian Young, with which there were many projects in mind. Source: Friday Artist Feature 06 + Interview: Agus Mena // Warmth(Archives + Faint) on Ambiance Glitters.

“I bought it for the cover by Alexander Kopatz. Sorry, but I did.” Source: Irregular Crates: Caught in The Wake Forever - Waypoints.