Photography of Milton Moore and Barry Winiker

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Mystic Seaport is proud to host the work of two contemporary American photographers who have documented very different aspects of maritime life in black and white. The Museum’s new photography exhibition showcases the work of Milton Moore, who captured Cape Cod fishermen at work in the 1970s, and Barry Winiker, who photographs luxury cruise ships. Step inside the Stillman Building during your next visit to see these contrasting perspectives of life on the water.

“Working Men, Working Boats: Images of the Cape Cod Fishery in its Heyday”
Photographs by Milton Moore

Raymond Duarte, second from left, skippered the 56-foot Eastern rig RENEVA, a wooden workhorse with three crew. After a nearly hour-long tow on Stellwagen Bank, the gear was hauled back by winch until it was directly under the boat. The net was then hauled over the rail by hand until the weight of the catch was felt. The winch was used again to lift the business end of the trawl, called “the bag,” with hundreds of pounds of bottom fish in it. Photo: Milton Moore

Milton Moore, currently a news designer with The New London Day, produced this body of work 30 years ago while he was working for the Cape Cod Times and has recently digitized and restored these historic images. The photographs have a timeless feel, capturing techniques that date back before the 1970s.

Moore explains, “When I look at these photographs now, these images of men hauling nets and dredges no longer seem connected to my own hand, but are like some family heirloom I have always known. Time contains both to the photographs and the photographer. It is as easy for me to imagine these photographs as records from the 1930s as to conjure the cold winds and shifting light of the days when they were made. Much has been swept away.”

“Sun Ships: Modern Cruising”
Photographs by Barry Winiker

Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Legend, 2002. Photo: Barry WinikerBarry Winiker’s photographs of luxury ships contrasts with the rugged environment of Moore’s fishermen. His fascination with the photography of cruise ships and ocean liners began in 1980 when he boarded a passenger ship in New York and discovered a world of style, design, and function. His photographs from the past three decades record passenger activities and the architectural and design elements on board.

Winiker describes his approach: “My views from the deck are documentary and informative, as well as interpretive. They are concerned as much with architecture and design as they are with weather conditions, time of day, and play of light and shadow. The wealth of shipboard visual information is enormous–it is a subject that inspires, challenges, and offers immeasurable possibilities.”