+1, fascinating story. Both the photographer and her work.
Very similar to Gedney. Caught a retrospective on him in the late 90s at SF MoMA, bought the monograph. His archives (at Duke) are linked below too:
Good call, I had that book and know the photo well but take pictures because I have ADHD and cannot process or recall very well, or I recall odd bits of a scene but never names.I like Weegee too. But isn't this an anonymous crime scene photo from Evidence by Luc Sante?
EDIT Yeah, I just looked at my photo books. That photo was taken by the NYPD, not Weegee.
Right that's a name I was trying to recall and posted that a new photog had been discovered.
Apparently, Vivian Maier also worked in 8mm film. She is (was) totally unknown to me, so this is a great TDPRI day for me, learning about something new. Here's a trailer for the documentary about her.
I got to know Duane a bit, one of my assistants went on to work with him for many years. He is a character, boundless energy, and very funny. Reminded me of Robin Williams in many ways - he certainly told you what he thought. He spoke very simply about writing on his images - he wanted you (the viewer) to know exactly what he was thinking. He has to be close to 90 now.I can only support all of the photographers mentioned, perhaps add David Bailey for fashion and inspiring a film by Antonioni......
but possibly my most influential artist is one @bdkphoto listed, Duane Michels. He doesn't just capture a moment, he often uses sequences to tell a story, and sometimes writes directly on the image. He even inspired me to buy a vintage camera like he uses, an Argus C3. It has a separate "shutter cocking" from the film advance, making it easier to make multiple exposures on the same frame of film. He also often uses camera movement and slow shutter speeds to blur his images. Very dream-like and surreal.
Were you shooting or editing back then, either way I'm guessing we have many friends/collegues in common. I was in DC back in those days but worked for a bunch of NY based magazines.
I think the photographer who is constantly shooting is really trying to work through their own internal conflicts, and that's what makes their pics more interesting than just the captured subject. Not that we can see what internal conflicts drove them.
And regarding C.B.,
He always composed the shot with no cropping, insisting on the prints showing the edges of the negative. That always impressed me, that he didn't rely on cropping later to get a good composition.
Something very pure about shooting with a simple Leica, prime lens and using your feet to get in position for the best shot. In this day of photoshop and post processing effects where you can't trust the reality of what you're seeing in the image.