Newlyn fishermen Exhibition Opens in January

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18 December 2008 — 26 February 2009

IN a dramatic photographic exhibition, Vince Bevan explores the story of the fishermen of Newlyn through images from his photo essay Newlyn: Fishing for a Living.

Newlyn fishermen Exhibition Opens in January

IN a dramatic photographic exhibition opening on 7 January, renowned photo‑journalist Vince Bevan explores the story of the fishermen of Newlyn through a selection of images from his photo‑essay Newlyn: Fishing for a Living.

Commercial fishing is still one of the country's most dangerous industries. Even with modern boats and equipment serious injury and loss of life are commonplace and vessels are regularly lost in what has always been one of the harshest of working environments. Newlyn is the largest fishing port in England and has a strong and proud community, supplying livelihoods to many who are fiercely loyal to their profession.

Photographer Vince Bevan says: "With rising fuel cost and the restrictive quotas placed on fishermen it seems as though every other day we read about the pressures faced by fishing communities. These photographs portray a way of life that is increasingly under threat."

Milly Newman, Exhibitions Development Manager says: "At the end of the 19th Century the Newlyn School artists depicted the harsh realities of life in this Cornish port. Now these stunning black and white images give people an engaging insight into the highs and lows of contemporary life in the Newlyn fishing community."

Supported by the Arts Council England this exhibition powerfully portrays the lives of tomorrow's maritime heritage.

Newlyn: Fishing for a Living opens on 7 January and runs until 26 February.