Nature

Pleine Mer: Men at Sea

Over 14 years, French photojournalist Jean Gaumy captured the fierce conditions of the fishermen who worked on open-deck trawlers capturing the harsh reality of life at sea

Jean Gaumy

Jean Gaumy On board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. North Atlantic. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy On board of the French trawler 'Koros'. 1984. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Fishermen's break on board of the French trawler 'Koros'. 1984. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy On board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. North Atlantic. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy waves crash agains the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. 1992. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Fisherman on the deck of the French trawler 'Koros'. 1984. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Fish caught in nets on board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Gulls flying over a ship. On board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Seagulls flying past the French trawler 'Koros'. Ireland. 1984. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Fisherman on board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea', with seagulls flying overhead. 1992. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Fisherman on board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea' with fish on deck. 1992. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy A crew of 16 work on board a tuna fishing boat. During the day each crew member helps to prepare meals. Spain. 1996. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy On board the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. Fishermen's break. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos
Jean Gaumy Water sprays on the Spanish trawler 'Rowanlea'. 1998. © Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos

“Hurled when the boat dives, the steep and greasy stairs we climb become a pestle as we go over a wave. The iron airlock. The sticky air of diesel vapors. The large linoleum imitation floor, blistered, brown and greasy. Everything flutters about. The portholes’ light is dancing on the walls and behind the thick glass, the sea runs off distorting the vision. The unpredictable gray sky devastated with spindrifts, and the ocean at the edge, full of white flurries.” – Jean Gaumy, Extract from Pleine Mer: Men At Sea,

"The unpredictable gray sky devastated with spindrifts, and the ocean at the edge, full of white flurries"

- Jean Gaumy
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