Arctic Photography & Wildlife Research




I am a biologist and researcher by training and a self-taught photographer living in 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

"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: The Winter Music of Faint by Richard Allen. 

“I bought it for the cover by Alexander Kopatz. Sorry, but I did.” Source: Irregular Crates.