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October 21st, 2009


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09:19 am - Vivian Maier, Street Photographer



Some more of my favorites. See yesterday's post for more information.































Vivian Maier's blog here, LJ feed here.


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From:bigjohnsf
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." -- Diane Arbus

Thanks for turning your amazing aesthetic sense toward one of my favorite subjects.
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From:thornyc
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Some of the photographers in yesterday's post discussed how to take and the difficulty of taking photographs of people on the street.

I remember a college art professor telling me that Diane would engage her subjects, talking to them, and sharing a secret before asking to take their picture.

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From:bigjohnsf
Date:October 21st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Well, candid photography is very hard, and many street photographers try to avoid posed shots.

Diane Arbus on the other hand seemed to do almost exclusively posed shots -- random, or found perhaps, but eventually posed, to the point of a kind of stillness.

I remember when the Bosworth biography came out in 1984 tearing through it to discover her "secret" for not being afraid to approach people on the street to ask to take their picture because that was the thing I found hardest -- asking people to take their picture. It seems, that she never learned not to be afraid of that moment, she just overcame it, pushed herself to do it anyway.

Edited at 2009-10-21 04:32 pm (UTC)
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From:deafdyke
Date:October 23rd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I was a big fan of Arbus, and remember that bit about fear in the Bosworth bio,

Being afraid of the moment, sadly, still seems to have killed her in the end.

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