15 years ago, when he was 24, Corey Arnold hung a sign near Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal that read: “ Experienced deckhand looking for work on a commercial crab or halibut fishing boat in Alaska – hard working, never gets seasick ”. He was hired by a seasoned Norwegian fisherman and flew to Dutch Harbor, a thriving commercial fishing port on Alaska’s western frontier. It’s a place where industry and nature collide in strange and beautiful ways, where people harvest seafood on a massive scale, sharing meals and refuse with local wildlife. He returned for the next 7 seasons, lured back by the curious and often masochistic manifestation of the American dream in the Aleutian Islands. Those who come here often possess a desire to escape the safety of home to work in an environment filled with risks and visual grandeur.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Corey Arnold examines man’s relationship with the natural world. Since 2002, he has photographed his life working as fisherman and captain in the Bering Sea and Alaska. In the off-season, he continues to explore the world’s commercial fisheries. His work has been exhibited worldwide and published in several international magazines, including National Geographic. He’s the author of two photobooks with Nazraeli Press : Fish-Work : The Bering Sea and Fishing with My Dad.