By Tom Vartabedian
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Nubar Alexanian is like a whirling dervish when it comes to making a point. If it’s not a genocide film that has occupied his time the past decade or so, then it’s books on photography.
If it is not getting involved in community affairs, then it is family, friends and community.
His latest book — a just-released coffee table beauty — is called Gloucester: When the Fish Came First. It is a compilation of black and white photographs from the city where he resides. If anything, it is a tribute to the unsung heroes of the sea which brought us “The Perfect Storm.”
Alexanian has opted to donate part of the proceeds from the sale to the Northeast Seafood Coalition. The book was no easy task.
The author returned for decades to the same location, capturing a historical document that describes Gloucester’s way of life. He’s been shooting here since 1971 and hasn’t stopped, calling it his life’s work.