The Competition

     Strictly speaking, there are no competitive titles.  While there are books that deal with women in commercial fishing, none of them combine photographs and essays.  There are no photography books about women in commercial fishing, and there are no books that deal with clam farming or oystering.
     Reflections off WaterWomen falls in the book category of photographic essays. lists over 7000 books in this category, indicating that there is an established market for this type of book.
     The classic works in this genre are, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee and Walker Evans, and The Americans by Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac.  A more recent classic is  Richard Avedon's The American West.
     Reflections off WaterWomen differs from these works in several ways.  First of all, it is only about women, secondly the text is by the people depicted in the book, and thirdly, the photographs cover a period of almost ten years
     Current books dealing with women in commercial fishing, but without photographs, are: The Entangling Net: Alaska's Commercial Fishing Women Tell Their Lives by Leslie Leyland Fields; and two books by Linda Greenlaw, Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island, and The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey
Then there are art photography books who have women as their subjects, such as Women by Annie Leibovitz, and Wise Women by Joyce Tenneson.
     Popular photo essay books about women are, Believing In Ourselves A Celebration Of Women  by Nancy Carson, Daughters and Mothers by Jayne Wexler, Lauren Cowen, and Sisters by Carol Saline, Sharon J. Wohlmuth.
     None of the books listed above have the combined impact of photographs and text Reflections off WaterWomen  has. Many of them  lack the intimate insight of WaterWomen.  In all cases, the photographs were made by 'outsiders' and often in a relatively hurried manner.  In those cases, where the photographs are strong, the text is often weak and inadequate.  In all cases, the text is supplied by a professional writer, and if the voices of the women are heard, they are filtered through the writer.  This technique may make for a uniform presentation, but it robs the subjects of their individuality.

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