Fishing-Work: Photographer being an Alaskan Crab Fisherman in the Bering Strait

With examining man's relationship with the natural world, including animals, food production, and environmental issues, Corey Arnold has worked as a photographer and seasonal commercial fisherman in Alaska for a long time.


Since 2002, he has photographed his life at sea working as a Bering Sea Crab fisherman and documented his summers captaining a sockeye salmon fishing boat in Alaska. In the off-season, Corey Arnold continues to explore the world’s fisheries in an ongoing project entitled "Fish-Work".

One of those serieses "Fish-Work: The Berlin Sea" was born since the domestic economy issue in 2002 and photography assignment subsequently growing scare. Therefore, Corey Arnold decided to head north and return to commercial fishing in Alaska - a king crab job in the Bering Sea, and of course, brought his cameras along to document the experience as usual.


"Widely considered one of the world's dangerous jobs, we endure seas up to forth feet and a seemingly endless succession of sleepless nights." Corey Arnold said. "We work 20-hour days on average and get four hours of sleep or so. It is hard to know if you are getting in really good shape or completely destroying your body. You are super remote and it is cold. That is a whole other world of big boats, a lot of noise and hydraulics, and 800-pound crab pots slamming on deck." Even now, Corey Arnold had always kept two cameras on his bunk at all times, wrapped in Ziploc bags and duct tape, and shoot in between work and sleep. And many of his best photographs were never made as all hands were needed on deck during the fiercest storms.

"Fishing comes a lot easier to me than photography," Corey Arnold added. "The mental stress of trying to be creative all the time is pretty taxing. Fishing is massive physical stress. But being a captain, running a boat and making it all work - it just comes to me instantly."

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