Smith Island and the Chesapeake Watermen
Award winning photojournalist has been publishing books since 1969. He wrote and photographed Amazing Grace: Smith Island and the Chesapeake Watermen. In this book he tells the story of the men of Smith Island who ply the water of the Chessapeake Bay, eking out of living from the harvest of the bay's bounty. He captures the spirit of the islands people and the spirit of the bay and in the process gives the reader a view of ways of life on the wane. The book is in black and white which better expresses both the grit of the people and the challenges and beauty of their environment. It has the quality of a Life magazine photo spread when the magazine was in its heyday. Those who miss the old Life magazine pieces will especially like this book. The book is a fast but friendly read and you will remember the book and the people in it the next time you sit down to eat a soft shell crab. I enjoyed it and I recommend it.