Working the Sea

May 25 – October 15

A dipnet full of scup, or porgies, rests on the trap boat gunwale as Tony Coccoro repeats the endless task of repairing tears in the weir net. Photograph by Milson Moore, National Fisherman Collection. LB2012.15.33

Fishing is a fundamental and dynamic industry with large-scale drama and ever-changing technologies. It involves grueling work and exposure to the elements, the gaming of natural systems, fierce competition, navigating the tension between prosperity and limitation, and the race to get the product to consumers. The photographs of National Fisherman and its predecessor Atlantic Fisherman have captured these elements of the industry for decades. An upcoming photo book by long-time National Fisherman contributor, Michael Crowley, will share these photographs and their stories. This exhibit is inspired by his work.

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