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Alfred Dean fishing for Great White Shark

Date: 1957
Overall: 505 x 405 mm, 0.06 kg
Sheet: 505 x 405 mm
Image: 305 x 455 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin photographic print on fibre base paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00019137
Place Manufactured:Ceduna

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    This photograph depicts Alfred Dean pulling the line with a great white shark at the end. It is part of a series of photographs taken by David Potts at Ceduna in South Australia.
    SignificanceThis photograph provides a graphic and dramatic account of big game fishing and was taken by David Potts, a pioneer in Australian documentary photography, over a six day period in 1957.
    HistoryIn 1957, over a six day period, David Potts photographed Alfred Dean (a farmer from Mildura, New South Wales) Tom Cooper (owner of the South Australian Coopers Brewery), and Ken Puckeridge (owner of the 28-foot cutter, VICTORY). Dean held the record for the largest fish landed by rod and reel, by catching a man-eating great white weighing 2536 pounds (1150kgs) in the waters of the Great Australian Bight.

    The series documents Dean, Cooper and Puckeridge on board VICTORY and hunting seals for bait on reefs near Ceduna in South Australia. The bait was used to lure sharks to the boat. VICTORY was not designed for game fishing, so a fishing chair (seen in this image), the gaffs and other equipment were provided by Dean and Cooper. The result was a series of powerful and detailed shots of sharks, seals and dramatic action shots of the men battling a great white shark.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Alfred Dean fishing for Great White Shark

    Primary title: Great White shark fishing

    Assigned title: Alfred Dean fischt für Great White Hai

    Assigned title: Alfred Dean vissen voor een Great White Shark

    Related People
    Photographer: David Potts

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