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Opening of The Working Waterfront Photography of Peter Pereira

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is pleased to announce the opening of The Working Waterfront Photography of Peter Pereira.  An opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m. during AHA. The exhibit will run until April 2, 2017.

Like New Bedford, Peter Pereira’s life has been tied to the ocean.  Many in his family have served on ships, sailing the seas as officers and deckhands.  At the age of five, he crossed the equator twice with his family as a passenger on one of his father’s ships.  Peter says, “The seeds had been planted for my perpetual fascination and respect for those who leave everything behind to be surrounded by the solitary embrace of the ocean.”

An award-winning photojournalist, Peter has spent years documenting the New Bedford fishing community.  This exhibit provides a look at those who work on the waterfront, both on shore and at sea.  From preparing their vessel for a fishing trip to the off loading of the catch upon their return, Peter’s photographs captures the work of those who make their living from the sea.

Peter’s images have graced the pages of Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, The Standard Times and various other national and international media outlets. In 2016, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Infante D. Henrique by the President of Portugal, Anibal Cavaco Silva. Peter has won the New England Newspaper & Press Association – Photographer of the Year award eight times. His photographs can be seen daily in The Standard Times.

The Center is wheelchair accessible and located at 38 Bethel Street in New Bedford. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Center. For more information, please contact the Center at or call (508) 993-8894.



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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