A new photography exhibition will showcase portraits and stories of Hull people connected with the fishing industry from the 1970s onwards.

The exhibition – ‘Fish!’ – opens on Saturday (8 July) at the Hull Independent Photography Gallery in the city’s Prospect Centre.

Walla Longden, who started fishing aged 15 in 1960 – one of the portraits from the Fish! exhibition. (Photo: Hull Maritime)

It features 60-word stories alongside each picture. Nigel Walker of The People Project said: “It has been humbling to talk to people about life 50 years ago, and the stories you will read here will bring the challenges of that time to life.”

Councillor Rob Pritchard, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said: “This exhibition will reconnect people with Hull’s fishing industry, with fascinating stories and many portraits.

“It is just one of the 13 creative projects made possible via Hull Maritime’s community grant scheme.”

The show will be open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and runs through July and into August.

It is the work of a group of photographers called ‘The People’ – Julie Shakesby, Carmina Ripolles, Rob Bentley, David Draso and Nigel Walker – who record specific events in Hull and East Yorkshire. Their previous show, ‘HUman Impact’, looked at the effects of the pandemic in HU postcodes.

The work has been supported financially by North Atlantic Trawlers and Hull Maritime.

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