An Insider's Portraits of New Bedford's Working Waterfront are Heading to the Library of Congress

Aug 7, 2017

Clean Up Man at Bergie’s Seafood from the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s exhibition, “Working Waterfront: Photographic Portraits”. 2009.
Credit Photo by Phil Mello.

Phil Mello has been photographing New Bedford’s working waterfront for over 40 years. He started as an amateur, documenting the inner world of the fishing industry in which he worked. His photography has become part of a major Library of Congress project to capture and preserve the faces of New Bedford’s fishing industry.   


Mello's  project for the Library of Congress will be available to the public soon.  You can find out more on New Bedford's Fishing Heritage Center's website at To see Phil Mello's other photography, visit

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