Where Water is Gold

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 will examine the way of life in the region as reflected in commercial fishing, subsistence, and recreational activities. In such a wondrous state as Alaska, the Bristol Bay region stands out as a land of natural riches, abundance and culture unparalleled in the United States.

Braided River, the conservation imprint of The Mountaineers Books, released the book in 2016. The book is titled Where Water is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Carl concluded the principal fieldwork for the book in June 2015, but plans to continue photographing in the area to provide ongoing content for the website dedicated to the project. The website also includes letters of support and information on project partners and sponsors.

Check out Carl’s archive of blog posts created during fieldwork of the project. You can catch regular updates on the dedicated Facebook page for the project. You can also find detailed news and milestones on the News page for the book website and look for upcoming events on our Calendar.


explore the science, culture and history of bristol bay