Charles Lindsay: Taking Fishing Art Beyond the Velvet Elvis

September 13, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

This morning Roger Phillips does terrific interview with world-famous photographer Charles Lindsay, who did the photographs for one of my favorite fly fishing books, Upstream: Fly Fishing in the American West (Aperture, 2000, 96 pages). “I would love to see art from bass fishing or catfish fishing, and I predict it will arrive. Hopefully in technicolor, and I don’t mean the Velvet Elvis corner at Cabela’s. There is a lot of work produced and sold in the name of fly fishing which is just crap. I can only hope my work rises above that.” (In the Idaho Statesman.) If you haven’t seen this book, put it on your seasonal gift list, either for yourself or a good friend. In addition to Lindsay’s startling black and white images, the book contains fine essays by Thomas McGuane.
Upstream: Fly-Fishing in the American West on Amazon.