Fishing photography exhibition on show in Leeds –

Fishing photography exhibition on show in Leeds Published:  04 July, 2007

A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition documenting fishing communities around the world is on show in Leeds until the end of the month.

To mark its two-hundredth anniversary, Young’s Seafood commissioned photojournalist, John Angerson, to record the people around the world who supply it with fish. The result was a body of photographic work for exhibition and a book, Celebrating Seafood.

Some of these stunning pictures can now be seen again at an exhibition at the Round Foundry Media Centre in Leeds.

For the past decade, photographer John Angerson has worked around the world on assignments for a number of international publications. During this time he has brought his unique perspective to a diverse array of subjects, from the new South Africa to space exploration. He regularly shoots covers for the Saturday Times Magazine and has gained many prestigious awards, including Ilford Photographer of the Year.

“We wanted John’s photography to illustrate the world’s best seafood, the efforts that our suppliers take in catching and producing it – and their care for the marine environment. His pictures are the backbone of a book in which we have tried to capture all the things that feed our passion for fish – it’s a mouth-watering anthology about one of the planet’s richest and most exciting sources of food,” said Jim Cane, Commercial Director, Young’s.

Commenting, John Angerson said: “For island nations, fishing is generally a key industry. In the UK, fishing remains the source of income for many coastal communities. In 2005, I journeyed across four continents to photograph fishermen, their families and communities, the people that rely on the industry for their livelihood.

“The earth’s oceans now hold only 10% of the fish stocks that existed in the 1950s. This project documents a way of life that is seriously under threat. I wanted to create images that serve as a document of these men and women and their way of life as in years to come some of these communities may not exist.”

The exhibition runs until July 31 and was organised by Leeds-based visual arts commissioning agency Pavilion. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.