|All photos © Corey & Chris Arnold|
Corey Arnold has worked seasonally in Alaska as a commercial fisherman for the past 15 years. He is best known for his ongoing photo series entitled Fish-Work, which is a photo essay chronicling the lives of commercial fishermen worldwide. His latest exhibition, Fishing with My Dad 1978-1995, opens at Ampersand Gallery and Fine Books in Portland Oregon on October 15th. The show is a collaboration of sorts between Corey & his father, Chris Arnold, who were avid sportfishermen and made these photographs of each other holding their catch throughout Corey’s childhood. The photographs speak to the fact that fishing and storytelling go hand in hand, and that cameras and their snapshots have historically served to verify the truth of often questionable narratives.
Recently published by Nazraeli Press in One Picture Book #69 (video of the book here) the photographs also record the trajectory of a life in which fishing and photography have never been far apart. He brings to this body of work not only his own firsthand experience as an Alaskan commercial fisherman; but a life-long passion for fishing, the roots of which we see here in snapshots that were made while fishing with his dad.
-courtesy Corey Arnold.