Vivian Maier – one of the world’s most mysterious street photographers

image by Vivian Maier - January 9, 1957, Floridaimage by Vivian Maier (Florida, 9 January 1957)
© 2013 Maloof Collection, Ltd.

In 2007 John Maloof, a 26-year-old real estate agent involved in historic preservation of Chicago’s Northwest Side, strolled into an auction house and placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer.

Realising the street photographs of 1950s/60s era Chicago and New York were of unusually high quality, he purchased another lot of the photographer’s work, totalling some 100,000 photographic negatives, thousands of prints, 700 rolls of undeveloped colour film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and original cameras.

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Impeccable timing! Check out this image…

‘Other side of the world’
© Jianwei Yang

How’s this for a fortuitous capture!

Photographer Jianwei Yang explains:

I took a few shots with the boy and the girl standing on both sides and then the train just came in. I then clicked 4 times and found this.

You can see more of Juanwei’s work here.

I can’t say I’ve ever been so lucky, but have you received any happy surprises like this when reviewing your images after a shoot? Do tell!

Lombok: faces and places – a photographic essay

A selection of images from our recent holiday to the islands of Lombok, Indonesia. The photographs are best viewed large for better detail, so if any take your particular interest, please do click to evoke the bigger version!

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Street photographer – Rui Palha

Further to my earlier post about the legal issues surrounding street photography, I’d like to share what I think makes the genre so compelling, together with the work of a great street photographer

Street photography is challenging because shooting candid images in public spaces means you have to leave your comfort zone, to make yourself vulnerable somehow. And it’s rewarding because ordinary, everyday things often make for extraordinary images.

A photograph tells a story and with street photography that story usually remains untold/unknown but never unthought-of – because I made a photograph to remember it by…
Errol Lyons-Rainey

Great street photographers instinctively see the moment, seize it, and yet their presence never intrudes on the scene.

One such example is Rui Palha, an award-winning photographer from Portugal. There’s so much to like about his work – the gorgeous tonal qualities; clever framing; dynamic points of view; his intuitive use of available light; the way he makes the viewer feel present…

Here are some random samples of his work – what do you think?

Street photography and the law

I love street photography, wonderfully candid images that capture the raw energy of a place and the diverse people who inhabit it.

But what are the legal ramifications for us as photographers when it comes to shooting spontaneous photographs of private lives in public spaces?

If you’re interested to know more, diarise the following two short talks – you just need to make it to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne:

The cutting look: Art, photography and public spaces
Presented by Dr Melissa Miles, lecturer, Theory of Art & Design, Monash University

The legal side: The restrictions of photography in public spaces
Presented by Dr Kate MacNeill, senior lecturer and coordinator, Arts & Cultural Management, The University of Melbourne

When: 19 February 2012, 2:00pm til 3:30pm
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