The History of Sportfishing

The History of Sportfishing

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Tami Ebbets Hahn

Archivist/Researcher/Writer
Tami grew up fishing the waters of south Florida. She is the foremost authority on the life and work of her father, famed American photographer Charles C. Ebbets. Mr. Ebbets authored a remarkable collection of images during his 50+ year career as a professional photographer, including the iconic “Men On A Beam” photograph of eleven ironworkers at Rockefeller Center taken during the Great Depression in 1932. Mr. Ebbets spent his entire life as a part of both the freshwater and saltwater fishing communities across the U.S. As a pioneer of Florida’s salt water fly fishing, he counted many of the sport’s founders among his friends, including icons such as Joe Brooks, Ted Williams, Lefty Kreh, and Curt Gowdy.
He founded and led the City of Miami Publicity Department for nearly two decades and also served on the Board of Directors of the famed Miami Metropolitan Fishing Tournament for 16 years. His fishing-related photographs include legends of the sport, television and film celebrities, international dignitaries, and 4 U.S. Presidents. Many of these images have never before been published and offer a rare visual history of the growth of Sportfishing from the 1930s-1970s.
As founder and curator of the Ebbets Estate Photographic Archives, and President of Ebbets Photo-Graphics, LLC, Ms. Hahn has spent the past eighteen years researching, cataloging and licensing more than 20,000 historic images from the collection. She has now brought that vast collection of vintage fishing photography to this project, giving the Company an unprecedented collection of extraordinary professional images to draw from in presenting content. Tami works as a production consultant and researcher for film and print media projects, and her detailed research, extensive library of materials, and having come from a third generation Florida fishing family have combined with her writing skills to bring a depth and continuity to the series few others could achieve.