Dutch Harbor Pigeons
The bald eagle, American’s national bird, is a symbol of power, grace, bravery, patriotism and the American story. Revered as a fierce hunter, often soaring
high among the trees, the bald eagle has long represented the freedom of America. But, in the early 20th century, eagles were considered a nuisance and were hunted, trapped and poisoned
nearly to extinction before they became federally protected in 1940. Although many Americans have never seen a bald eagle in the wild, in the past 70 years the eagle population,
particularly in Alaska, has rebounded in huge numbers. In the small remote fishing port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska an estimated 500-800 birds live closely among its small number of human
inhabitants. They’ve learned to survive off fish scraps leftover from the many fishing boats and processors coming in and out of town, and they indulge in meals from local garbage
dumpsters and food waste piled at the local landfill. Locals call them the “Dutch Harbor Pigeons” and they are often described as a bird of “bad moral character” who sometimes attack
humans. In light of our political crisis in the U.S., this contrasting view of our national symbol behaving with “bad moral character” seems particularly fitting to the current moment.
This is a series of photographs documenting the scrappy, and unglamorous behind the scenes life of the bald eagle growing up in modern America.
Corey Arnold is a photographer and commercial fisherman by trade. He has worked seasonally as a commercial fisherman in Alaska since 1995,
including seven years of crabbing in the Bering Sea aboard the f/v Rollo. Corey now captains a commercial gillnetter, harvesting wild and sustainable Sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska
while living seasonally in an abandoned salmon cannery complex called Graveyard Point. His life’s work: Fish-Work is an ongoing photography series documenting the visceral experience of
life at sea for commercial fishermen worldwide.
He is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon and Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica, California and Redeye Represents in Los Angeles for assignment work. His
Photographs have been exhibited widely and published in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Paris Review, Time, NY Times LENS, California Sunday Magazine, Harpers, Outside, Esquire,
Monocle and Juxtapoz, among others. Nazraeli Press has published two books including a monograph entitled Fish-Work: The Bering Sea in 2011 available for purchase at www.fish-work.com
Corey is the 1st place winner of Best Feature Photo Story of 2016 from Pictures of the Year International for his October, 2016 Cover story “Unplugging the Selfie Generation” in National
Corey resides in Portland, Oregon, USA