Amy Toensing September 22, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, United States.
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Harry and Doug Odom. Monhegan Island, Maine
American born photojournalist Amy Toensing has worked on assignments for publications such as National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine and The Boston Globe. She began her career in 1994 as a staff photographer at her hometown paper in New Hampshire and later worked three years in Washington D.C. covering the White House and Capitol Hill for The New York Times. In 1998, Toensing left D.C. to receive her Master’s Degree in Photography at Ohio University. Since 2000, she has been freelancing for editorial publications and private organizations. In 2003 Amy was named the Photographic Alumni Fellow at the SALT Institutute for Documentary Field Studies in Portland, Maine where she continued a long-term project on Muslim teenage girls living in western culture. She recently finished her ninth story for National Geographic.
About the Photograph:
“Harry and Doug Odom turn in beneath each other’s portraits while their dog Taxi keeps watch. It’s a good life, says Harry. The Odoms have been Lobstermen, merchants, and island benefactors for some 60 years. Monhegan Island, home to lobstermen and painters and a popular destination for tourists is twelve miles off the coast of Maine. Ringed by high, dark cliffs, its interior a mix of meadows, marsh and spruce groves, Monhegan is one of just 14 true island communities left off the coast of Maine. The island has a 65 permanent, year-round residents and the population grows to around 200 in the summer, with day-trippers adding several hundred more. “