Jim Arndt, nationally recognized advertising and editorial photographer, is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He specializes in location productions and environmental portraiture. Jim is the recipient of over 500 photography and advertising awards including the Kelly Award for Best Magazine Campaign, numerous Clios, New York Art Directors Club and Communication Arts Photo awards. He was named Adweek National Photographer of the Year, Adweek “Creative All Star” photographer, and was one of American Photographer magazine’s top photographers.

Jim’s work has been exhibited in a number of galleries across the country including Minneapolis and Austin, in addition to Santa Fe and Taos. His work was included in the 2016-2017 exhibition at the New Mexico History Museum, ‘Lowriders, Hoppers, & Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico’, as well as the companion title, ‘Orale! Lowrider: Custom made in New Mexico’, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, and is in the Museums permanent photography collection. In addition, Jim has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

Jim Arndt’s partial client list includes: Dodge, Ram, Wrangler Jeans, Chevrolet, Marlboro, Nathalie Santa Fe, Ronnie Dunn Music, Chrysler, 3M, Honda, Anheuser Busch, Sony, Schwinn, USWest, Coors, General Mills, Purina, GMC, Lee Jeans, Rolling Stone, Paris Match, Federal Express, Timex, Infiniti, Jeep, Jim Beam, Nissan, Winchester, and Harley-Davidson. 

He has also achieved acclaim for the Ram ‘Farmer’ Super Bowl commercial, the companion National Geographic book ‘The Farmer in All of Us’, and for his books, ‘The Cowboy Boot Book’ , ‘The Art of the Boot’, ‘How to be a Cowboy’, ‘Buckaroo Boots’, ‘100 Years of Western Wear ‘, ‘CowboyBoots’, ‘Art of Turquoise’, ‘Art of the Cross’, ‘Art of the Skull’, ‘Art of the Heart’, ‘Art of the Buckle’, his Western greeting card series, along with his annual ‘Cowboy Boot’ Calendars.



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