Final Week of Corey Arnold’s “Fish Work” show

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If you’re in and around New York, Corey Arnold‘s “Fish Work” exhibition is up for just one more week, the last day being April 4th at Sara Tecchia Roma New York in Chelsea. Arnold was and still is a fisherman first, before he calls himself a photographer. He’s been documenting his job and life as a commercial fisherman for the past 13 years in the likes of Alaska and Norway. As a fisherman first, Arnold has extreme intimacy with the boat, the seas, and the fisherman like no other photographer could just going on a single or maybe a couple of trips. He has consistently been through 40 foot seas, mayday calls, severe storms, and more while fishing for crab over 3-4 month stints out at sea. Some photographs appear as straight photography, reportage even and quite serious and haunting, while others have a more humorous tone and create playful stories with their characters (sometimes people, sometimes sea life.)

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The photographs themselves are beautiful in person, and you can’t help but change emotions quite quickly back to back as an image of bloodied and gutted fish hanging from hooks is soon followed by a blindfolded fisherman swinging a bat at a pinata on deck during a winter storm. It’s a closeness that is usually not witnessed in these types of photographs. The fisherman and their way of life are not romanticized in any way, but nor are they martyred for what they are doing: bringing us the food we pick up at the supermarket without so much as a glance to how it got there in the first place. Instead one can get a real sense of who they are, or more specifically, who they might be. The appear as hardworking men, highly skilled in their craft. One can sense loneliness, happiness, frustration, joy, fear, playfulness. Personally, feeling these emotions one after the other is what is fascinating, and what I find all too rare in projects of this nature. These men have truly been humbled in Arnold’s photographs. 

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You can see Arnold’s work through April 4th at Sara Tecchia Roma New York, at 529 West 20th St. on the 2nd floor. To see more of Arnold’s work visit his website by clicking here.

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