Natalie Fobes

I Dream Alaska

Natalie Fobes, Pulitzer prize finalist, has shot photographic assignments for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon and other major magazines. Her images of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill are iconic and she is known as "the salmon lady" due to her 10-year project photographing and writing about salmon and its cultures around the Pacific Rim. Natalie's fine art portraiture and her wedding photography have won national recognition. Her fine art work is included in many public, private, and corporate collections.

As the author/photographer of I Dream Alaska (Graphic Arts Center, 1998), Reaching Home (Graphic Arts Center, 1995), A Diamond in the Emerald City (Seattle Mariners, 1998), and Out of the Channel, Natalie has received many grants and commissions to pursue documentary stories that need to be told. She has camped out in the winter in Siberia with Chukchi reindeer herders and perched in a blind in the cloud forest of Guatemala. Her stories often blend culture and the environment.

Natalie authors courses for LinkedIn-Learning (formerly, an online networking and education website. She teaches workshops and leads tours around the Northwest and Alaska.

Natalie co-founded and serves on the board of Blue Earth Alliance (, a non-profit dedicated to helping photographers and filmmakers shoot documentary stories about the environment, endangered cultures and social issues.

In Reaching Home, Natalie shares stories about the land, creatures, and cultures that make up our world.

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