Harvesters of the Deep 

Women have always played a critical role in commercial fisheries: preparing vessels to go out to sea, processing product for market, running auction houses, and beyond. Working mostly behind closed doors, fisherwomen and their stories are largely unseen and untold. 

Harvesters of the Deep shows outstanding photography from New Bedford, South Korea, and the United Kingdom: Phil Mello’s photographs of New Bedford women as fish cutters and office managers; Hyung S. Kim’s photographs of haenyeo, or Korean shellfish divers; and Craig Easton’s photographs of English smokehouse workers known as the ‘herring lassies.’ These award-winning photographers document different forms of fishing and celebrate the heroism of these largely unknown women. To learn even more about New Bedford’s waterfront industries at New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, where they have both online and in-person exhibitions providing a deep-dive into fishing today.

Cosechadores de las profundidades

Las mujeres siempre han desempeñado un papel fundamental en la pesca comercial: preparar los barcos para salir al mar, procesar productos para el mercado, administrar casas de subastas y más. Trabajando principalmente a puerta cerrada, las pescadoras y sus historias son en gran parte invisibles e incalculables. 

Harvesters of the Deep muestra fotografías destacadas de New Bedford, Corea del Sur y el Reino Unido: fotografías de Phil Mello de mujeres de New Bedford como cortadoras de pescado y directoras de oficina; Fotografías de Hyung S. Kim de haenyeo, o buceadores de mariscos coreanos; y las fotografías de Craig Easton de los trabajadores ingleses de los ahumaderos conocidos como las “chicas del arenque”. Estos fotógrafos premiados documentan diferentes formas de pesca y celebran el heroísmo de estas mujeres en gran parte desconocidas.


Harvesters of the Deep was made possible by:

Mass Development, Massachusetts Cultural Council- Fairhaven Cultural Council, BayCoast Bank, Massachusetts Cultural Council- New Bedford Cultural Council, New Bedford Economic Development Council, Bristol County Savings Bank, and Fiber Optic Center. Thank you to these generous supporters who believe in investing in the arts.

This online portion of Harvesters of the Deep was made possible by:

The Mass Humanities Digital Capacity Grant, given to several organizations like DATMA to create accessible content about the humanities in an online platform. Thank you to Mass Humanities for your support and believing DATMA’s mission to present free & accessible art with the vehicles of Design Art & Technology.