Portraits of a Working Waterfront: Photographs by Jim Hooper

Cape Ann Museum

Photographs by Jim Hooper ©2013-2014. Exhibited at the Cape Ann Museum, October 11, 2014 - May 20, 2015

In 2013 Jim Hooper began his Portraits of a Working Waterfront project, photographing the men, women, families, and groups involved in Gloucester’s fishing industry. The following year the Cape Ann Museum showcased his portraits and welcomed the people who sat for him into the Museum's circle of family and friends. 

Jim Hooper's photography studio set (2014)Cape Ann Museum

Today, Gloucester’s fishing industry is smaller than it has ever been, employing fewer people at sea and ashore and witnessing an ever shrinking number of commercial fishing vessels coming in and out of the harbor. Yet, the industry hangs on, a central part of many people’s lives and an important part of our cultural identity. Since 2013, many of the people shown in Jim’s photographs have passed away including Dominic Nicastro, Grace Favazza and most recently James Santapaola, Jr. Others have moved out of the fishing industry, finding work in other fields or retiring to spend time with grandchildren.

Panoramic view of Portraits of a Working Waterfront exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Portraits of a Working Waterfront is a celebration of a way of life in “America’s original seaport,” Gloucester, Massachusetts. The individuals showcased in this exhibit are commercial fishermen, employees or owners of shore-side businesses and members of organizations whose services are instrumental to the fishing fleet. 

Ricky Beal (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Richard “Ricky” Beal has been fishing for 48 years and is a fifth generation fishermen. He has skippered the Explorer II and the Horizon, and owned and skippered the Misty Ann, Tub Trawler and the Eastern rigged dragger Gannet.

F/V Razzo and F/V Miss Sandy (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Joseph “Joe Razz” Randazzo has been fishing for 32 years and is the third generation in his family to work as a commercial fisherman. He is currently owner and captain of the trawler Razzo.
Vincenzo Taormina is a fourth generation fisherman employed in the industry for 39 years. He is owner and captain of the Miss Sandy.

F/V Janaya & Joseph (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Salvatore “Sal” Sanfilippo has been fishing for 35 years and is owner, captain and engineer of the Janaya & Joseph. He represents the fifth generation of his family to fish and is shown here with his fishing companion, Chow.

F/V Jenny G (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Seated left to right:
Vito Giacalone, Sr. and his father, Joseph Giacalone. Vito is a third generation fisherman and has worked on many vessels. Joseph is a past owner and captain of the St. Peter.
Standing left to right:
Vito Giacalone, Jr. has fished on the trawler Jenny G. and is a co-owner of Fishermen’s Wharf Gloucester. Nicholas “Nick” Giacalone has fished on the Jenny G. and is a co-owner Fishermen’s Wharf Gloucester. Marc Giacalone has fished on the Jenny G. and is an employee at Fishermen’s Wharf. Christopher “Chris” Giacalone had fished on the Jenny G., and is a co-owner of Fishermen’s Wharf Gloucester.

F/V Grace Marie (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Top row, left to right:
Marco LoGrasso is a third generation fisherman. Sebastian “Busty” Noto is the owner and captain of the fishing trawler Grace Marie. He is a fourth generation fisherman. John Prudenzi is a crew member and a welder. He is a second generation fisherman.

Kneeling, left to right:
Vito Noto is a son of Sebastian and is a crew member on the Grace Marie. He is a fifth generation fisherman. Giuseppe Cusenza is a third generation fisherman and a crew member on the Grace Marie. Kirk Wonson is a crew member on the Grace Marie.

Panoramic view of Portraits of a Working Waterfront exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

The individuals in this exhibit are also members of advocacy organizations and local non-profits that support the ground fishing fleet, as well as family members of those working on the waterfront. For these individuals, the waterfront signifies much more than a place of work—it is their heart and soul. The waterfront is their passion, their life, and their heritage.

Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Standing left to right:
Scott Memhard, president and general manager of the Ice Company. Steve Scatterday was plant manager. Jeff Scatterday is Steve’s son, worked for eight summers with the firm.
Seated and kneeling left to right:
Sam Gale is an employee and assistant plant manager. Carlos Hernandez has worked in the ice house for 16 years. Greg Ortiz worked with the firm for five years.
Jason Erwin is a summer employee.

Cape Pond Ice was founded in 1848 and has provided ice to the fishing industry since that time.

Mark "Smash" Carroll (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Mark “Smash” Carroll has been fishing for 35 years and is the former owner and skipper of the Perigee, a commercial rod and reel vessel and tuna fisherman. Currently, Mark owns and captains the trawler Harvest Moon and fishes for groundfish, tuna, squid and scallop.

F/V Lily Jean (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Silvestro Maniscalco has been fishing for 35 years. He is uncle to Accursio Sanfilippo, standing on the right.
Antonino “Nino” Sanfilippo, father of Accursio, fished for 55 years and now provides shore side support.
Accursio “Gus” Sanfilippo is a fourth generation fisherman and a former vessel owner and captain. He recently sold the trawler Lily Jean and is no longer actively fishing but still owns his permit.

F/V Jennie C. (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Salvatore Lupo has worked as a crew member for his father Thomas for seven years. He represents the fourth generation of the family to fish commercially.
Steve Ragusa, Jr. has fished as a crewman for 33 years.
Fred Carter has fished for 22 years.
Thomas “Tom” Lupo has fished for 37 years and is captain and owner of the long-liner and lobster boat Jennie C.

F/V Sasquatch III (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Paul “Sasquatch” Cohan has fished for 38 years and is owner and skipper of the Sasquatch II. He also owns Sasquatch Smoke House in Gloucester.

F/V Cat Eyes (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Joseph “Joe” Sanfilippo has fished for 17 years and represents the fifth generation of fishermen in the family. He is a son of Ignazio “Naz” Sanfilippo.
Accursio “Gus” Alba has fished for 71 years. A retired captain, he is father-in-law of “Naz” and grandfather of Joseph.
Ignazio “Naz” Sanfilippo is owner and captain of the Cat Eyes. He has fished for 45 years.

Panoramic view of Portraits of a Working Waterfront exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Commercial fishermen work in one of the most dangerous professions in the country. They risk their lives to bring fresh, nutritious, wild-caught seafood to supply markets and restaurants arounds the world. Their catch supports their families and maintains the traditions of the Gloucester fishing community, one of the most historic industries in the region and nation. They risk their lives day-in and day-out to bring home fresh, nutritious, wild-caught seafood to supply markets and restaurants around the world. 

Seatronics (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Robert “Bob” Koeller is owner of Seatronics, a marine electronics business in Gloucester. Bob has been in business for 41 years. He previously worked with the Marine Division of Raytheon.

F/V Hunter (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Joseph “Joe” Sava fished for 50 years and is now retired. He previously owned and skippered the Hunter and was a long-line and tuna fisherman.

F/V Katherine W. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Standing left to right:
Nathan Williams is a son of David Williams and son-in-law of Joseph Testaverde.
David Williams is captain and owner of the Katherine W., a gillnetter and lobster boat. Louis Perry III has fished for two years. Joseph Testaverde fished full time for 50 years as the owner and skipper of the Peter & Linda and the Nina T., both trawlers. He also fished on his father’s boat, the Linda B., from the age six to 12.
Sitting:
Andrew Trefry is shown here with Rue, the captain’s fishing companion.

F/V Sea Farmer (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Paul Beal, Vito Seniti and Anthony Augustine, all crew members on the trawler Sea Farmer.
Clark Sandler, owner and captain.

Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Grace Favazza has been a member of the Fisherman’s Wives since 1969. Raffaela Terzo, member since 1999. Mariella Cannavo, member since 2004. Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Association and a member since 1969. Rosalie Vitale, member since 1977. Donna Marshall, member since 2010.

Founded in 1969, the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association is an advocacy group which speaks out on issues related to the fishing industry here in Gloucester and throughout New England.

Portraits of a Working Waterfront exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum (2020-07-15) by Cape Ann MuseumCape Ann Museum

Today's Gloucester fishermen provide fresh seafood caught within sustainable and federally established catch limits. In spite of continuously changing and stringent U.S. regulations and natural cycles that affect the abundance and catchability of fish, these individuals have retained their strength and perseverance to carry on a way of life and preserve a tradition. Many families highlighted in these portraits have been fishing in the family-owned and operated businesses based out of Gloucester for multiple generations. Each generation passes knowledge to the next while incorporating the latest technologies, science, and research into their work to ensure their family's unwavering way of life continues. 

Cape Ann Seafood Exchange (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Samuel “Sam” (or) “8 Ball” Favazza worked at the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange (the fish auction) for 17 years as a grader and buyer. He is now retired.

Richard Taylor (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Richard Taylor fished for 32 years and was the owner and captain of the fishing vessel My Marie. Over the years he crewed on many vessels. Richard now does research work funded through the scallop industry of New Bedford.

Crew of the F/V Miss Trish II (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Peter Russo is a fourth generation fisherman. Lenny Russo is a fifth generation fisherman.
Leonardo Russo was 90 years old when this photograph was taken; he passed away on January 26, 2014. Leonard began fishing in 1936 in Sicily and retired 52 year later to work shore side with his sons. He was a third generation fisherman.
Vincenzo “Enzo” Russo was co-owner and captain of Miss Trish and the Mary & Josephine. He is a fourth generation fisherman. Nicolo “Nick” Vitale has been fishing as a crewman for 15 years.

F/V Kathryn Leigh (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

William Glover “BG” Brown V has fished for 30 years and is a second generation fisherman in his family. He is owner and captain of the Kathryn Leigh which long-lines, gillnets and lobsters.

F/V Giovanna (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

John Sanfilippo has been fishing for 60 years and is a fourth generation fisherman in his family. John previously owned and captained the trawler Giovanna and now crews on fishing charter boats. He is the husband of Angela Sanfilippo, president of the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association.

Bonnie Akerley (2014) by Jim HoopeCape Ann Museum

Bonnie Akerley fished for 12 years. She was owner, skipper and engineer on the swordfishing vessel Patrol and also worked on the Ocean Bell, a long-liner. Bonnie previously owned the trawler Corey Pride and currently owns the Explorer II. She is now retired from fishing but still works as shore side support.

Portraits of a Working Waterfront exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum (2020-07-15) by Cape Ann MuseumCape Ann Museum

Gloucester has been able to retain a fishing fleet because of the critical and unique services provided by shore-side businesses. Portraits of several individuals showcased operate or are employed by fish offloading facilities, an ice company, engine and vessel repairs, electronic services, fuel services, diver/salvage company and a painting and vessel lettering company. Having these shore-side businesses in a central port is essential for commercial fishing businesses; these businesses also service an expansive portion of the industry beyond Gloucester.

Capt. Nicolo Sanfilippo (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Nicolo “Nick” Sanfilippo fished for 70 years and is a fourth generation fisherman. He was the owner and captain of trawlers Enza Rosa, Capt. Dominic and Capt. Gus. He is now retired.

William "Hollywood" Muniz (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

William Muniz has fished for 33 years and is a second generation fisherman in his family. Among the boats he has owned were the Lady Shannon, Scotia Boat, Hollywood and Never Satisfied – all of which were gillnetters. His boat Lily, a tuna and gillnet boat, fishes on the National Geographic television series Wicked Tuna.

F/V Angela & Rose (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Leo Vitale worked 45 years in the fishing industry and was a vessel owner and captain. He is now retired.
Paul Vitale is Leo’s son, who has been fishing for 20 years; he currently skippers the Angela & Rose on a part-time basis. Paul is also captain of the tug boat Invader that works out of Portland, Oregon. Paul represents the third generation of the family engaged in the commercial fisheries.

F/V Sabrina Maria (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Frank Cottone, now retired, fished for 60 years and was a vessel owner and captain.
Albert “Al” Cottone is his son and the fourth generation of the family to fish. He is the current owner and captain of the trawler Sabrina Maria.

F/V Karoline Marie (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Thomas Hill has been fishing for 35 years and is currently owner and skipper of the Karoline Marie. Previously he owned the following vessels: Stephanie Lynn and Christy Lynn.

Portraits of a Working Waterfront exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum (2020-07-15) by Cape Ann MuseumCape Ann Museum

The fishermen in Portraits of a Working Waterfront fish primarily for lobsters, scallops, whiting, and squid year-round, and seasonally for Bluefin tuna, and groundfish including cod, haddock, pollock, and flounder. They fish on vessels ranging in size from just under 30 feet to upwards of 80 feet and utilize an array of gear types, including dredges, traps, otter-trawls, gillnet, hook gear, and rod and reel. Their fishing vessels are considered day boats that operate in the Gulf of Maine or trip boats that steam to Georges Bank to fish. These featured fishermen represent the diversity of Gloucester's commercial fleet.

Retired Fishing Friends (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Sebastian “Bikie” Scola fished for 46 years and was co-owner of the St. Peter. Other vessels he fished on were the Maryanne & Vince and the Hunter. Now retired, Bikie is a second generation fisherman.
Gus Balbo fished for 40 years and was owner and skipper of the Hunter. He also fished on the Vince N. and the St. Peter. Gus is a second generation fishermen and has two sons, Joe and Danny.
Paul Parisi fished for 13 years as a crewman aboard family vessels June Bride and Nancy F. He is a second generation fisherman.

Peter Shoares, Jr. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Peter Shoares, Jr. fished for 43 years and is a fourth generation fisherman. He previously owned the gillnetters Whispering Wind and the Emmanuel. He also was skipper of his father’s boat the Naomi Bruce III, also a gillnetter.

F/V Ryan Zachery (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
John Chamberlain is deckhand on the gillnetter Ryan Zachery.
Donald “Don” Smith has been fishing 36 years and traces his roots back to New Brunswick, Canada. Don is an eighth generation fisherman and captain of the Ryan Zachery.

F/V Amber & John (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
John DelTorchio has been fishing for 51 years and in addition to being John Jr.’s father, is owner and captain of the Amber & John which fishes for lobster. He previously owned the lobster boat Judy P. and the Ruth D. which gillnetted, trawled and fished for tuna.
John DelTorchio, Jr. has been crewing for his father for two years.

F/V Midnight Sun (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Thomas Joseph Testaverde has fished full time for 13 years, and part time for another five. He currently skippers the fishing vessel Midnight Sun half of the year.
Joseph “Turk” Curcuru fished for 40 years. He is now retired working shore side, unloading fish and mending nets.
Thomas Testaverde, Sr. has fished for 50 years and is currently captain of the Midnight Sun fishing half of the year for whiting. He also works shore side all year.

Neptune's Harvest and Ocean Crest Seafoods (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Standing left to right top row:
Leonard “Lenny” Parco, CEO for both companies, has worked in the business for 43 years.
Anthony R. Parco is maintenance man and has worked with the firm for 15 years.
Nicholas “Nick” Parco oversees internet technology and has worked with the company for four years.
Ann (Parco) Molloy is sales and marketing director for Neptune’s Harvest and has worked 24 years with the firm.

F/V Pisces (2014) by Jim HoopeCape Ann Museum

Charles “Charlie” Williams has been fishing for 12 years and is a second generation fisherman. He has crewed on the following trawlers: Lady Jane, Kathryn Leigh, Terminator, Rumboogie and Special K. Charlie is currently owner and captain of the Pisces which fishes for lobster.

F/V Black Sheep (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

David Goetemann has been commercially fishing for 35 years and is currently owner and captain of the Black Sheep which fishes for lobster. In the past, he worked on the Ruth D., Soul Train and the Lady Jane.

F/V Bantry Bay (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

William “Bill” Murphy and his son Daniel “Dan” Murphy work on the Bantry Bay, a trawler that fishes for groundfish, scallops and tuna. Bill has fished for 70 years; Daniel, a third generation fisherman, has fished for 33 years.

Cheryl's Signs (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Ethan Newman has been working on boats for 13 years as a sign painter.
Cheryl Newman is owner of Cheryl’s Signs and Ethan’s mother. She has worked on fishing vessels for 35 years.

F/V Pretty Girl (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Lou Williams has fished for 42 years and is a second generation fisherman. He is owner and captain of the gillnetter Pretty Girl. He fishes for groundfish, lobster and scallops.

F/V Terminator (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Alex Theriault has fished with his father for two years and is a second generation fisherman.
Paul Theriault has been in the industry for 36 years and is owner, captain and engineer of the trawler Terminator. He fishes for groundfish, scallops and shrimp.

F/V Little Sandra (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Matteo LoGrande fished for 35 years and was a vessel owner and crew member. He represents the fourth generation of fishermen in his family.
Michael LoGrande, father of Matteo and Thomas, fished for 65 years as a vessel captain.
Thomas LoGrande fished for 28 years. He and his brother Matteo now work as firemen in Gloucester.

F/V Foxy Lady (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Philip “Phil” Powell has been fishing for 33 years and is currently the owner and captain of the gillnetter Foxy Lady. His previous vessels were the Foxy Lady Too, Miss Emily and Mariam Gail, all gillnetters.

F/V Claudia Marie and F/V Special K. (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Camden Smith has been fishing for eight years and is a second generation fisherman.
Edward “Ed” Smith is owner, captain and engineer of the gillnetter and lobster boat Claudia Marie – and father of Camden. He has been fishing for 38 years.

F/V Allison Carol (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Kevin Platthy is a crew member and a nephew of Peter Mondello.
Peter Mondello is the owner and captain of the lobster boat Allison Carol.
Jonathan Mondello is a crew member on the F/V Donna Marie and nephew of Peter Mondello.
Frank Mondello is a cousin of Peter Mondello and a crew member.

Guy Repair Inc. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Guy Crudele is a mechanic, specializing in Caterpillar engines. He has owned his business working on fishing vessels for 36 years.

F/V Explorer II (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Mark Favaloro has fished for six years and was skipper and engineer on the trawler Explorer II.

F/V Padre Pio (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Mario Orlando fished for 15 years and was crew on the trawler Padre Pio. The son of Joseph Orlando and a third generation fisherman, Mario has now retired from fishing.

F/V Melon III (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Robert “Bob” Gross fished for 35 years as a deckhand working on the St. Jude, the Linda B., the Peter & Linda, the Midnight Sun (I & II) and the Melon III. Mark Byard has been fishing for 39 years and is a second generation fisherman. He is owner and captain of the Melon III, a gillnetter and a tuna boat. Michael “Mike” Flaherty is a second generation fishermen, and has worked in the industry for 22 years. He is owner and captain of the lobster boat Nellie and also works on the Melon III as a deckhand.

F/V Padre Pio (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Anthony “T.J.” Orlando worked for ten years as a deckhand with his father, Joseph, and is a third generation fisherman.
Joseph Orlando, has fished for 40 years and is the owner and captain of the Padre Pio.

F/V Miss Meredith (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Mathew “Matt” Cooney has fished for 28 years and is currently owner and captain of the Miss Meredith. He is the former owner of the Dempist Toss’d. On both vessels Matt worked long-lining and fishing for lobster and tuna.

Frank Catania (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Frank Catania, a retired crew member and cook, worked on the fishing trawler Capt. Dutch and the Lady Jane.

F/V Sacred Heart (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Nina Randazzo currently works with Stavis Seafoods in Boston as an assistant seafood buyer. Formerly with Gloucester Fish Display Auction, and its successor, the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange. Carlo Randazzo is the retired owner and captain of the trawler Sacred Heart. He is the father of Nina and John, a first generation fisherman and still works on the waterfront as crewman, engineer and captain. John Randazzo skippered the Sacred Heart and the Osprey. He is a second generation fisherman and still works on the waterfront as crewman, engineer and captain.

Crew of the F/V Native Son (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Ray “Monk” Brien has fished for 43 years.
Christian “Chris” Chadwick has fished for 25 years and is the owner and captain of the Native Son.
Jim Rowan has fished for 31 years and is now serving as crew on the Fair Winds.
Salvatore “Sam” Novello fished for 61 years, was a vessel owner and captain and is now retired.

F/V Capt. Joe (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Giuseppe Joe Dimaio, fishing vessel owner and provider of shore side support for multiple vessels.
Accursio Gus Margiotta fishes on the trawler Capt. Joe and provides shore side support.

F/V Tina & Tom (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
John Brancaleone represents the fifth generation of his family to work in the industry and has been fishing as a deck hand on the Tina & Tom. Sebastian Carlo Busty Brancaleone has fished on the Joseph & Lucia I, II, & III, all family owned vessels. He was captain of the Joseph & Lucia III. In 1998, Busty purchased the trawler Tina & Tom. Betsy Brancaleone has fished summers as a deck hand. When not fishing, she works at Herrick Dairy Farm, milking cows six days a week. Sebastian Leo “Busty” Brancaleone, older brother of John, has fished as a deck hand for five years.

F/V Ryan Zachary and F/VLori B. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Richard “Rich” Burgess has been fishing for 50 years and is the third generation of fishermen in this family. He currently owns the gillnetters Ryan Zachary and Lori B., both of which are operated by family members. He previously owned the Scotia Boat Too, the Heidi & Heather and the Julie Ann. Burgess is owner and skipper of Rock On, a charter boat that fishes for tuna and bass.

Cape Ann Oil Company (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Douglas “Doug” Grimes has worked with Cape Ann Oil for 19 years, loading fuel onto fishing vessels.

Giuseppe and Carlo Cusenza (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Giuseppe Cusenza has worked as a fisherman for 30 years and is cook, crew member and engineer on the Grace Marie.
Carlo Cusenza fished for 62 years and is Giuseppe’s older brother. The Cusenza brothers are both third generation fishermen.

North Star Salvage (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Salvatore “Salvi” Benson fished for 35 years and was owner and captain of the Sea Wife, the Sea Buddy and the Peggy Bell. He is owner of North Star Salvage and after 50 years diving, Salvi is still hard at work.

F/V Alyssa & Andrew (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Jay VanDerpool has been fishing for 29 years, currently on the trawler and lobster boat Alyssa & Andrew which he owns and skippers.

F/V Special K. (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Dustin “Dusty” Ketchopolus is a third generation fisherman, a captain, a welder and uncle of his crewmate Cameron. He has fished for 15 years. Dusty’s father, Jack, previously owned the Special K.
Cameron Ketchopolus has fished for one year as a crewman and a cook on the trawler Special K.

F/V Christina Elena (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Antonino “Nino” Cannavo has fished for 50 years. He previously owned the Maria Giovanna and now crews on the Christina Elena. He is the fourth generation in his family to fish.
Frank Sciortino is owner and skipper of the trawler Christina Elena. He has been fishing for 36 years and is the third generation of his family to be involved in the industry.

Gloucester Marine Railways (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Viking Gustafson is manager of the Gloucester Marine Railways and shipyard boss. She has been working on the waterfront for 16 years.

F/V Vicky L. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

David Leveille has been fishing for 35 years and is a third generation fisherman. He was owner and captain of the trawler Vicky L. and currently the Angler which fishes commercially for striped bass. David is currently the Manager for Northeast Groundfish Sector II based in Gloucester.

F/V Donna Marie (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Jonathan Mondello, Peter Plachowicz, Mark Plachowicz, Luke Plachowicz and Gaelyn Plachowicz.

F/V Capt. Novello (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Adam Novello has fished as a crewman for 12 years. He is a son of Sam Novello and represents the fifth generation of fishermen in his family.

F/V Lady Jane and F/V Capt. Dutch (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Standing: James Orlando fished for 50 years and now works shore side support. Gerald “Jerry” Chianciola served as a crew member and a cook. Center: Russell Sherman is the oldest working skipper in Gloucester. While visiting Gloucester after graduation from Harvard, he was asked to go on a fishing trip. Loving the freedom and the lifestyle so much, he made fishing his career. Kneeling: Shawn Grasso has worked as crew on many vessels. John Aiello was 54 years old when this photograph was taken and was retired after 36 years in the business. John passed away in October 2013. He was a fifth generation fisherman.

F/V Caterina G. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
Michael Buscaino has fished for 40 years and is a third generation fisherman. He is co-owner and a crewman on the trawler Caterina G.
Antonio Giacalone has fished for 48 years and is co-owner and captain of the Caterina G. He is a fifth generation fisherman.

F/V Catherine F. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Peter “Pete” Fadden has been fishing for 45 years and is currently owner and captain of the Catherine F., fishing for lobster.
Previously, Pete owned the following fishing vessels: Rebecca Anne, Becky & Ben, Betsy Joe, and Ellie B.

James Santapaola and Sons (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Left to right:
James “Jimmy” Santapaola, Jr. is captain of the Amanda Leigh and owner and skipper of the Shear Water. He has been fishing for 23 years.
James “Jim” Santapaola, Sr. owns the gillnetters Amanda Leigh and Amanda & Andy II, and the dragger Amanda & Andy III. He is captain of the Amanda & Andy II and III. Jim is the father of Jim and Andy.
Andrew “Andy” Santapaola is owner and captain of the lobster vessel Gannet. Along with his brother James, represents the fourth generation of fishermen in the family.

Northeast Seafood Coalition and Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund (2013) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Standing: Nicolas Brancaleone previously worked for Northeast Fishery Sector III. Vito Giacalone is a founding member of the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund (GFCPF) and NSC. Christine Sherman is a founding member of NSC and has served on the Board of Directors for Northeast Fishery Sector II. John Bell has been chairman of NSC for 12 years and is one of its founding members. He served three terms as mayor of the City of Gloucester.
Sitting: Paula Sullivan works at GFCPF.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Odell is executive director of NSC and was a founding member of GFCPF.

Jim Hooper speaking with Samuel Favazza during his session at the studio. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Jim Hooper's photographs of the men and women involved in today's in-shore and off-shore fishing industries and the shore-side businesses which support them, offer a new perspective on the face of Gloucester's fishing industry.

An outsider unencumbered by the history and politics of the working waterfront, Jim had an unbridled enthusiasm which moved the project ahead swiftly. Lists were drawn up, calls were made, and people began showing up to have their pictures taken.

F/V Sea Farmer laugh between takes at Jim Hooper's studio. (2014) by Jim HooperCape Ann Museum

Rather than portraying the individuals in their work places, Jim posed them against a draped canvas sail with a wooden spool introduced as a prop and for seating. In doing this, the viewer is left to focus solely on the individual rather than their surroundings, to consider the story each person brings to the table. Many images are intergenerational—showing a father, son, and grandson. The familial similarities are strong in those pictures. Other images capture a group cast together purely by the need to work. The dignity of each person is consistent throughout.

Jim Hooper testing lighting (2013)Cape Ann Museum

Jim Hooper on preparing the studio:

"Before each day's shoot, we would do our lighting tests. These were very busy people so we didn't really have a lot of time to "warm-up" the subjects. Typically each portrait session didn't last much longer than 15 minutes or so, which is not a lot of time to get the right shot. It is a tribute to the great people who were generous enough with their time."

Jim Hooper and Brian Tetrault in studio (2013)Cape Ann Museum

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The exhibition Portraits of a Working Waterfront and the catalog and Google Arts & Culture exhibit that accompanies it were organized by the Cape Ann Museum in partnership with the Northeast Seafood Coalition of Gloucester.

Museum Acknowledgements:
Portraits of a Working Waterfront would not have been possible without the hard work and generous support of many individuals. Major sponsorship was provided in honor of Gloucester fisheries entrepreneur James "Red" Bordinaro of Empire Fish Co. by Jim and Jan Bordinaro. Other sponsors and supporters include John and Janis Bell, Nick Brancaleone, Cleveland Cook, Vito Giacalone, Jackie Odell and Christine Sherman. As project coordinator for Portraits of a Working Waterfront, Christine Sherman of the Northeast Seafood Coalition of Gloucester researhed and compiled all information contained in the captions that accompany each photograph.

The Cape Ann Museum is grateful to photographer Jim Hooper for generously donating his portraits of the people who make up Gloucester's working waterfront to its permanent collection.

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