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Doing the Vivian Maier Thing

The great American street photographer Vivian Maier (1926–2009) often included her own reflection in her pictures. She did it very deliberately, either as a kind of signature motif or else as a question: “Who am I? A Chicago nanny or a great photographer?” You get a good impression of Maier herself in these shots. When … Read more

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Most Photographers Don’t Take Photos, They Rearrange Reality

It’s taken me a while to make up my mind about this topic, but I think we need to be realistic about reality. We have to acknowledge an important fact about it. It’s there. Most professional photography consists in rearranging really to suit the purposes of the photographer. Whether its portraiture, fashion, wedding, friends-and-family, advertising … Read more