FISH-WORK
Photographs by Corey Arnold
Feb 11 - 26, 2011

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Portland based photographer and fisherman himself (Corey's starred on the popular show Deadliest Catch), Corey Arnold, has been traveling the world documenting the world's fisherman since 2002. His show at Fecal Face Dot Gallery (opening Feb 11th, 2011) will feature a selection of photos featured in his new book, Fish-Work, Published by Nazraeli Press 2010 & available online here (Corey will be signing copies of his book from 6 to 7pm during the opening).

In 2009 PDN named Corey one of the top 30 emerging photographers. Corey Arnold is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica and commercially by Redeye Represents in Los Angeles.

Fish-Work is the title of an ongoing life project documenting my journey as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and my travels abroad exploring fishing cultures around the world. Since 1995, I’ve worked seasonally as a crab, salmon, cod, and halibut fisherman in Alaska. But it wasn’t until 2002 that I picked up a camera and got serious about telling the story of this unique little world I’d stumbled upon.

I have a love-hate relationship with commercial fishing. The work is often grueling and mundane, sometimes dangerous and soul crushingly repetitive. But inversely, there is beauty and freedom in the act of manual labor, surrounded by a vast and remote sea wilderness. For a fisherman, the reward is often found in the amazing stories of triumph, disaster, and pride that are brought home to the civilized world. I’ve chosen to tell my story in photographs.

This selection has been culled from my most recent three month journey living amongst European fisherman in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Scotland, Greece, Germany, Poland, Norway and Ireland. They are accompanied by my images from seven years of work aboard the Bering Sea crab boat Rollo and my upcoming series Graveyard Point, the name of the seasonal salmon fishing community I’m a part of in Bristol Bay, Alaska. -Corey Arnold

About Corey Arnold
Portland based photographer Corey Arnold (34), travels the world shooting magazine assignments and personal projects while moonlighting as a commercial fisherman in Alaska 2-3 months per year. His photographic chronicles of the commercial fishing lifestyle in Europe and Alaska have been exhibited in galleries worldwide. His work has been featured in The Paris Review, Juxtapoz, Artweek, Italian Rolling Stone, Esquire, PDN, The Guardian UK, The Chicago Tribune, and Outside Magazine. PDN named him one of the top 30 emerging photographers for 2009. Corey Arnold is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica and commercially by Redeye Represents in Los Angeles.

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Bering Sea Birthday
2006 / Chromira C-Print / The Bering Sea, Alaska
Matthews pinate party. January 19th aboard the f/v Rollo
30x40 Inches, edition 5 of 6, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Kitty and Horse Fisherman
2006 / Chromira C-Print / The Bering Sea, Alaska
Halloween celebrated with Kitty aboard the f/v Rollo
30x40 Inches, edition 4 of 6, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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French Trawlerman
2010 / Chromira C-Print / Le Guilvinec, Bretagne, France
Crewman hauling in a prawn trawl aboard the f/v Manathia.
20x27 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Horse Mackerel Assault
2010 / Chromira C-Print / Vigo, Spain
Night seining for horse mackerel aboard the Jorge y Isabelle II, North Atlantic
20x27 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Lesser Spotted
2010 / Chromira C-Print / North Sea, Scotland
Portrait of the Lesser Spotted Dogfish, North Sea, Scotland
20x27 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Positive Bycatch
2010 / Chromira C-Print / Le Guilvinec, Bretagne, France
Thresher Shark, bycatch from a French albacore pair trawl team.
20x27 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Purse Seine Guardian
2010 / Chromira C-Print / Bermeo, Basque, Spain
Captain’s old poodle guardian while seining for Sardines in the Bay of Biscay
20x27 Inches, edition 2 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Shark Men
2010 / Chromira C-Print / Vigo, Spain
Fish Workers holding a Blue Shark at the Vigo Fish Auction
20x27 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Sole Hunter
2010 / Chromira C-Print / North Sea, Netherlands
Dutch Beam Trawler dragging for Dover Sole on the Doggers Bank.
20x29 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Tearing
2010 / Chromira C-Print / North Sea, Netherlands
Dutch Beam Trawler dragging for Dover Sole on the Doggers Bank.
20x29 Inches, edition 1 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com


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The North Sea
2010 / Chromira C-Print / North Sea, Netherlands
Seascape from a Dutch Beam trawler in the North Sea
20x29 Inches, edition 2 of 10, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

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Ben and King
2009 / C-Print /Bristol Bay, Alaska
30x40 inches, edition 1 of 6, framed
inqure for print and price info - gallery(at)fecalface.com

Prints are archivally mounted to diabond or sintra.
Local framing is performed by Rachel Davis Framing Services in Portland, OR
Frames are made full to frame and set back 1/4 inch from UV Plexi.
Available in hand milled walnut or white.

 

 

 

Corey Arnold in front of Bering Sea Birthday & Kitty and Horse Fisherman

 

Jessica and John Trippe