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The World's Most Dangerous Job: a Rare, Heartracing Look at the Life of a Fisherman

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Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two).

“When the economy went South in 2002, I decided to head North and return to commercial fishing in Alaska. I landed a deckhand job aboard a 43 foot cod jigger which led to a King crab job in the Bering Sea. I spent 7 years crabbing aboard the f/v Rollo and brought my camera along to document the experience. Known as one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, we battled up to forty foot seas and a marathon of sleepless nights often working in freezing conditions. Many of my best photographs were never made as all hands were needed during the fiercest storms.”

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Considering the already fierce wind and waves in many of Corey’s photographs, that’s saying a lot. You can see more of the series Fish-Work, along with enough superb water-based photography to keep any salty soul happy, at coreyfishes.com.

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Originally written by Benjamin Starr for VisualNews