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"What a beautiful book and a great body of work."
—James D. Barbee, author of Sin Sombras/Without Shadows

J. T. Blatty's Fish Town is a remarkable work—it reflects the past and considers the future while fully inhabiting the present. At the far reaches of coastal Louisiana, where water overtakes earth, Blatty has made aerial shots, landscapes, and portraits that give life to this particular place in a particular moment—of work and home, of life as it's lived—to create a lasting record of transient terrains and shifting realities. She includes recollections from the people she meets, which adds voice to her brilliantly distinct and patient pictures, and her own notes to her photographs root the images in words, fixing them irrevocably to the stories and histories that are their firm ground. That Blatty shoots with film, takes her time, only adds to the reader's ability to slow down and experience this place at the edge, subject to weather and change, holding on.
—Alexa Dilworth, Publishing Director and Senior Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

J. T. Blatty's immersive journey into the fishing communities and watery terrain of southeastern Louisiana is a love letter to an abundant and visceral universe. Years in the making, her book shows us a place of beauty and struggle set in a fragile world of water, big skies, and delicate land. We enter a place where varied people have subsisted for generations by fishing, a place where tradition and memory are strong, and a place that slowly disappears because the natural balance of primordial nature has been damaged by human artifice and natural disasters, endangering a unique way of life. Still, throughout the pages of Fish Town there is a distinct sense of persistence and resilience by both nature and people. And always there is the defining presence of water and more water.
—James Wellford, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic

 

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