BILL WHITBECK / SNAIL OF APPROVAL
‘Oyster Bill’ Whitbeck is a Seattle based photographer and writer. Originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, he became interested in shellfish farming while operating a photography studio in an old oyster house on Long Island Sound. During the 1970s and early 1980s, he photographed every aspect of oystering in Connecticut.
After moving to the Seattle area in 1977, he found himself becoming more involved with the Northwest shellfish scene, and co-authored “The Joy Of Oysters- A cookbook and guidebook for shucking, slurping, and savoring nature’s most perfect food”. In August 2001, Bill went back to Norwalk to spend time with his father, and while working for an oyster company, witnessed the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center from an oyster boat in Long Island Sound only 20 miles away.
In October 2017, Bill retired from Taylor Shellfish Farms as their Seattle area sales manager, where he coordinated the sales and deliveries of fresh shellfish to roughly 200 restaurants. His direct contact with Seattle area’s best chefs and restaurateurs made for a very enjoyable job!
In addition to his involvement with Seattle’s bustling food community, Bill continues living life to the fullest as a photographer, writer, and musician, having performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2006. He is also a seasoned mariner, holding a US Coast Guard 100-ton Captain’s License. Bill received a BS in Photo-Illustration and Journalism from Kent State University in Ohio.