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Portraits of Oysterers by Photographer Glen McClure

Featured in "Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe" Special Exhibition at Jamestown Settlement
Allan West, Glen McClure oysterman portrait

The addition of eight black-and-white portraits of oysterers by Norfolk photographer Glen McClure to the “Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition in late April offer a perspective of life living and working on the Chesapeake Bay.

The portraits, most three-by-four feet in size, feature people from Gloucester, Newport News and Surry illustrating various aspects of oyster harvesting, including farming, combing, tonging and culling.

Born and living in Norfolk, McClure photographs people and landscapes in the United States and Europe. Influenced by early 20th-century photographers Josef Sudek and Paul Strand, McClure had his first solo exhibition in 1997. Now, more than 50 solo and 40 group exhibitions later, his work can be found in private collections and museums, including The Chrysler Museum, The Mariners’ Museum, and the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke.

The special exhibition, curated by The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, is on display at Jamestown Settlement through September 8, 2015.