The INSIDER Summary:
• Photographer Chris Crisman photographed women working in male-dominated fields.
• Subjects include a firefighter, geologist, and a truck driver.
• Crisman hopes to show that “women’s work” is unlimited.
Photographer Chris Crisman had never met a female butcher. When an art buyer mentioned that one of her friends was a butcher based in Philadelphia, he figured it would make a compelling portrait.
He’s since met a firefighter, a geologist, a truck driver, and even a taxidermist who excel in fields with skewed gender ratios.
With a photo series called “Women’s Work,” Crisman features accomplished individuals who prove that sometimes, the right man for the job is a woman.
'It's been illustrated historically as a male position, and so I thought this was a cool opportunity to photograph a female butcher,' he said.
He described his portrait style as heroic and larger-than-life -- an approach that fit the subjects of the series perfectly.
Not all of them wanted to be distinguished as women in their fields, including lobster fisher Sadie Samuels.
'I wanted to keep saying, 'You're not a lobsterman, you're a lobsterwoman,' and there was pushback on that,' Crisman said. 'She was like, 'There's man in the word woman.''
'When someone, anyone, any gender, is good at what they do, that veil really goes away pretty quickly,' he said.
'There should not be any jobs off limits for women, and that's something I believe wholeheartedly,' he said.
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