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A Camera on the Banks : Frederick William Wallace and the Fishermen of Nova Scotia

Taylor, M. Brook

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ISBN 10: 0864924410 / ISBN 13: 9780864924414
Published by Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton NB, 2006
Condition: Very Good- Soft cover
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Library stamps/marks, light edgewear, otherwise light wear. Solid oversize trade paperback. ; "Together with five other men, I went out on the bowsprit to stow the jib after the downhaul and sheets had been manned. The canvas was flogging so violently that the stout bowsprit whipped like a sapling . . . we hung on with every finger a fishhook as the foaming water rose up to our knees." As a young journalist in Montreal in 1911, Frederick William Wallace only dreamed of the rough-and-tumble seafaring life. Little did he know he would be hanging on for dear life just one year later aboard the Effie M. Morrissey somewhere off the coast of Nova Scotia. Between 1911 and 1917, in the last age of unassisted sail, Frederick William Wallace made seven voyages aboard fishing schooners, and with his simple box camera, he photographed the men, the vessels and the work itself, knowing that he was capturing a century-old way of life at the moment of its passing. A Camera on the Banks: Frederick William Wallace and the Fishermen of Nova Scotia tells this story in more than a hundred of Wallace's breathtaking photographs and drawings, as well as M. Brook Taylor's absorbing account of the fishery and the man who documented it in such loving detail. A Camera on the Banks is the first book of historic sailing photographs published with such unity and vision. A Camera on the Banks is designed to accompany a touring exhibition of photographs by Frederick William Wallace."; Ex-Library; Photographs; 152 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 9972

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Title: A Camera on the Banks : Frederick William ...

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton NB

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Trade Paperback

Illustrator: Illustrated by Frederick William Wallace

Book Condition:Very Good-

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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"Together with five other men, I went out on the bowsprit to stow the jib after the downhaul and sheets had been manned. The canvas was flogging so violently that the stout bowsprit whipped like a sapling . . . we hung on with every finger a fishhook as the foaming water rose up to our knees." As a young journalist in Montreal in 1911, Frederick William Wallace only dreamed of the rough and tumble seafaring life. Little did he know he would be hanging on for dear life just one year later aboard the Effie M. Morrissey somewhere off the coast of Nova Scotia. Between 1911 and 1917, in the last age of unassisted sail, Frederick William Wallace made seven voyages aboard fishing schooners, and with his simple box camera, he photographed the men, the vessels and the work itself, knowing that he was capturing a century-old way of life at the moment of its passing. A Camera on the Banks: Frederick William Wallace and the Fishermen of Nova Scotia, tells this story in more than a hundred of Wallace's breathtaking photographs and drawings, as well as M. Brook Taylor's absorbing account of the fishery and the man who documented it in such loving detail. A Camera on the Banks is the first book of historic sailing photographs published with such unity and vision. A Camera on the Banks is designed to accompany a touring exhibition of photographs by Frederic William Wallace.

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Frederick William Wallace, a young Montreal journalist and an accomplished commercial artist, was enthralled by ships. Between 1911 and 1916, in the last age of unassisted sail, he made seven voyages aboard fishing schooners to the banks off Nova Scotia. Taking a simple box camera, Wallace photographed the men, the vessels, and the work itself, knowing that he was capturing a way of life at the moment of its passing. Wallace's clear, dramatic photographs recreate a turning point in history and the men who lived it. Wallace published few of these photographs. Instead, he became a well-known writer of articles for magazines, including National Geographic, and the author of many popular seafaring novels. His most famous book, the encyclopedic Wooden Ships and Iron Men, is still in print. In A Camera on the Banks, M. Brook Taylor presents the story of a fishery on the brink of change and the pioneering photojournalist who documented it so lovingly. A professor of history at Mount Saint Vincent University, he curated the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic exhibit that displayed Wallace's work to the public for the first time.

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