For the photo enthusiast, there’s a wonderful review and assortment of photos to gaze at from the new Vivian Maier book, here, at The Online Photographer (TOP). Maier might be what photographers now refer to as a “street photographer.” She also happened to be a very private person, so it is something of a marvel that these photos were discovered at all. They could easily have disintegrated in storage.
Apparently, the book does her work justice, and if they say that on TOP, then I would tend to believe it. Recommended good stuff.
Occasionally I like to post a photo of my own here. I’m a big fan of TOP (the online photographer website) and missed this post from yesterday. A brief bit about the circumstances surrounding this photo from 1963, copyright Malcolm Browne, Associated Press. As so often happens with such things, it’s the photographer’s obituary that reminds us of the photo. TOP is well worth checking out, as is their link to the Washington Post obituary. Mr. Browne was the only photographer to show up that day, for what turned out to be a powerful protest that made a difference.
The pertinent Moby Dick quote:
Once more. Say you are in the country; in some high land of lakes. Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream. There is magic in it. Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries- stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever.