Although people have been fishing since the dawn of time, the invention of photography has made it possible to document the valor, poise, and—occasionally—absurdity of their efforts. In these 144 archival images we see such fishermen as Ernest Hemingway, Johnny Cash, Enrico Caruso, Ted Williams, and even the Beatles, along with often hilarious snapshots of Edwardian dowagers, tiny babies, and sunburned sportsmen, variously preparing tackle boxes, casting their lures, or displaying the catch of the day. Here too are a few staged pictures of "the big one that got away," plus quotations on this most gratifying (or frustrating) pastime.
In this follow-up to her delightful People Knitting, photo archivist and collector Barbara Levine, along with Paige Ramey, netted these curious, humorous, and sometimes outrageous photos of Edwardian dowagers, tiny babies, sunburned sportsmen, and bathing beauties preparing tackle boxes, casting their lures, and displaying the catch of the day. A tribute to this perennial outdoor pastime, this is the perfect gift for the fisher in your life.