Tammy Packie is an award winning freelance photographer who operates
her own studio while pursuing social documentary projects. Ms. Packie moved
from a farm in central Maine to Bar Harbor in 1982, where she currently
resides. Leaving a career in medicine, Packie began studying photography
12 years ago, graduating in 1989 from the Maine Photographic Workshops
Associate degree Program from the University of Maine at Augusta.
Packie has worked for various Maine Newspapers; currently she is staff
photographer for The Maine Times. She won the Maine Press Association Award
for Spot News while working for the Bar Harbor Times. Employed for five
years as a staff photographer at The Jackson Laboratory, an internationally
renowned genetics research center, Packie combined her experience in art
and medicine to contribute to research and development projects. The Maine
Arts Commission selected Packie for its Maine Artists Registry. Packie
has earned recognition for her work in Maine and Latin America, and she
has lectured and exhibited in Maine and Mexico. Her work has been published
in newspapers, journals, and the Best of Photography 1994 from Serbin Communications
An interest in social activism motivates Packie to volunteer her services
to non-profit organizations, including the YMCA, Amigos de Sian Kaan, and
the Christian Medical and Dental Society. Packie's childhood memories motivate
her social documentary work; of particular interest are traditional means
of livelihood that embody unique relationships between man and the environment.
Since the early 1990's Packie has focused on fishing cultures. In 1994
she began documenting the Maine sardine industry, a maritime tradition
currently undergoing rapid changes which threaten to destroy it and the
rich cultural heritage it has fostered. In 1995 Packie photographed traditional
methods of fishing on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Pursuing a broader
education she returned to study marine biology and anthropology at College
of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, graduating with a BA in Human Ecology in
Packie continues to photograph the sardine fishery. In 1998 a grant
from the Maine Community Foundation enabled her to interview various people
engaged in this fishery. Her objective is to produce a book that combines
her black and white photographs with a narrative based on her own research
as well as oral histories. Desiring to document this unique Maine tradition
before it disappears forever, Packie is creating valuable historical photographs
while at the same time providing a sensitive portrayal of the people who
continue to ply a traditional means of livelihood on the coast of Maine.
Work in the Davistown Museum MAG Gallery for Sale
B/W Silver Print
16" x 20"
Agnes Pulling Fish
B/W silver print
14" X 17" (framed)
Work in Other Galleries or Collections
Eddie Shaw Enters The Crowd
Mayan Basket Maker
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