Vision

Today’s post is a shout out to other photographers whose work I admire and respect. Some openly share their work with the world, but one never showed it to anybody.

If you are a photographer and haven’t heard of  Vivian Maier  you would not be alone. Maier’s massive body of work didn’t come to light until 2007 when her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. She photographed from the  40’s, through the 70’s.  Her body of work spans the globe, Maier took more than 2,000 rolls of film, printed over 3,000 photographs and produced more than 150,000 negatives representing the street life and architecture of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and the American Southwest, as well as destinations as far off as Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Egypt, and Italy. Maier died in 2009 at the age of 83. She could just well be the best street photographer of all time. See her work in The Maloof collection, at http://www.vivianmaier.com.

 You can catch the official trailer for the documentary film, Finding Vivian Maier at  http://youtu.be/2o2nBhQ67Zc

I wonder how many more great photographers there are out in this world that we will never know of.

On that note my second shout out of the day goes to the photographer, writer and educator that is Ibarionex Perello. Ibarionex  is the producer and host of The Candid Frame: A Photography Podcast at http://www.thecandidframe.com/. I love listening to his pod casts while retouching. He has some of the best interviews with other photographers, I always learn something and discover a new awesome body of work.  Another thing that Ibarionex does is to ask the person being interviewed to recommend the work of some one else. I have seen some great work by photographers that otherwise I would not have seen. So this brings up the last shout out of the day. By following some links that started on The Candid Frame, I came across this next photographer’s body of work.

Raed Bawayah work has been exhibited in the  Visa pour l’Image and Les Rencontres d’Arles in France, Kunst museum and Solitude Academy in Stuttgart, House of Photography in Moscow and Paris , Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai. He is also the artistic director for cultural events ; (Vienna International Photo Awards ) and exhibition curator. Which by the way is now taking submissions for the 2013 VIPA contest. Their site is http://thevipawards.com/2013/. Back to Raed’s work. It’s like looking at images from the Farm Security Administration project (1935-1944). Bawayah has a vision very similar to Walker Evens, and Dorothea Lange. I also see some Diane Arbus in his images. His body of work speaks of a time and place that in some ways echos the era of the FSA work . The difference being the time is now and the place is his home land of Palestine , plus a few other places around the world. It’s the story of  the ongoing struggle for survival, isolation and at times imprisonment.  See his work at   http://www.raedbawayah.com/us/index.html.

What is the common link between the three shout outs……………VISION………….have one.

©Bryan Shuman

Arcue Building, 2011

What photographers do you recommend? If you have some leave a link to their work as a comment. Thanks for stopping by As The Shutter Clicks.

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