Hands at Work – Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands is a collection of dramatic black and white portraits, by Summer Moon Scriver along with companion profiles by Iris Graville, that captures the drama and tells the stories of people who work with their hands.
The 144-page coffee-table book offers 23 full-length profiles and three themed collages of people passionate about their work. Many of the 126 black-and-white art images are printed larger than life. Viewed in such deft detail, hands take on sensual elegance; an oboe player’s thumb and forefinger steady his instrument; a midwife’s hand clasps the palm of a laboring mother. Author Graville also moves in close, allowing individuals to speak with unselfconscious candor. Written in the tradition of Studs Turkel’s classic book, Working, Graville and Scriver have created a collection of stories that connect and inspire.