a friend recently introduced me to the photos of saul leiter, a street photographer who started off in the 1940’s and carried on until his death recently – his work has an abstract quality that depicts street life perfectly, captured unknowingly. i have always wished that i could do street photography, it takes a lot of patience to frame and capture such lasting images. you can go and see some of his works at the Photographer’s Gallery now.
another wonderful street photographer is vivian maier – its interesting to see the works of different photographers – very inspiring and remember they couldnt look at the back of their camera to check if they got the right exposure! i still think that film adds a special quality to an image – digital has got a lot better, but there is definitely something special when you see images done on film – the light, the colour, the density…….
one of my favourite influential still life photographers is Josef Sudek, who also liked to photograph eggs. other worthy photographers are Joel Meyerowitz who has a new still life book out, inspired by morandi and sergio larrain – a chilean photographer.