If you have never seen this small and inexpensive book, you are missing great photography and surprisingly interesting people with odd professions. Each page is a surprise and the quality of the printed images very good indeed. For a bit more than $12 it is very worthwhile the price. Given the large success of this book, Nancy Rica Schiff has published a sequel, “Odder jobs” with a dog food tester on the cover. I can tell you that the artistic work in this book is far more interesting than the portfolio she has published in the web.
I love what I do – photographing people, from the very young to the very old and every age in between. No doubt that’s why so much of my work has been portraiture, whether for my personal projects or to satisfy editorial, advertising, or corporate commissions. My fascination with unusual people has again come into play in my current books, Odd Jobs and Odder Jobs. Odd Jobs was published by Ten Speed Press in September 2002 and is going into its fifth printing. Due to its success, I have now completed a sequel entitled Odder Jobs. As both titles suggest, it reflects my continuing interest in people who march to the tune of a different drummer.-Nancy Rica Schiff
Odd Jobs Portraits of Unusual Occupations by Nancy Rica Schiff Who blows the bugle at the Kentucky Derby? Who dusts the dinosaur bones at the Smithsonian? Who sniffs dog breath for a living? Who measures the breasts of real models? ODD JOBS introduces you to the real people who perform these truly peculiar jobs. In 65 intimate portraits, photo essayist Nancy Rica Schiff captures the personalities and occupations of these oddball professionals, providing a short profile of each. A 20-year photography veteran, Schiff has spent the better half of that time discovering the behind-the-scenes people who do what others can’t (or won’t) do. No one can say that America isn’t the home of the free, the brave, and the quirky, who will do almost anything to make an honest buck.