OK, it's not a Leica, but the spirit is there. A must read:
waist level finder, rollei TLR, square, B/W, that tiny "snick" of a shutter...yumm!
Amazing talent! Nice find. Thanks!
yea, but be sure and read the story. It's as impressive as the work
FS: All my photo equipment. Every last little piece. All offers will be accepted.
I stand in awe of talented photographers. Also, I am often aware that many of the pictures that are so wonderful to me now might have been "prosaic" or unimpressive to me at the time they were shot, but now they are fabulously awesome captures of moods and worlds now gone. This shows that not only do I not see, but I can't even understand what is in front of me. That is the gift of the artist.
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A wonderful find..thanks for posting! As hapopens with all generations, these particular images bring back to life that era in a most unassuming and natural way yet the talents of the photographer, her "eye" for composition and timing was clearly evident in many of the images posted. I'm sure for those seen on that web page, each has a favorite....mine so far is the older woman staring straight ahead on the sidewalk while just behind her, a police officer is taking someone in for arrest. I could make a case (no punn intended) for some images. Nice find indeed for the OP as well as the individual who purchased and revealed her images.
Wow. Great stuff. An inspiration to dust off the Rollei. Interesting that she had no ambition beyond making compelling photographs of the world around here. I hope the purchaser can do her images justice.
I see a relation between her camera and the pictures. The fact that it is a square format and that you can see the picture from above is very appealing for me.
I have been following this blog for a few months now, I enjoy seeing the "new" old photos as he develops the film and posts the photos.
I am so pleased that these treasures are being rescued for all to see. They are like little diamonds in the rough.
OK, little diamonds in the rough, & historically interesting. But among contemporaries like Lisette Model & Helen Levitt, she doesn't seem to have been gifted with unusual vision?
Kirk - I would disagree...
I'm no expert, or photo critic, and I'm not even sure what constitutes exceptional street photography. But I was quite moved by her images. I have not been that moved by an unknown street photographer for quite some time.
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Great Images, Thanks for finding and sharing it
What an excellent find!
I find the anonymity of the shooter and the whole body of work fascinating and totally understandable. An artist for personal art's sake. It's also a fascinating social documentary too.
It also reminds me of what I miss about shooting square images from my old SL-66 & Kodak DCS645M/Mamiya combo too.
Wow... Inspirational. Decisive moment. Personally... I love it
She has guts... Rollie TLR is quiet enough that she can get away with some of the shots.
What a GREAT story, and so inspirational. I love the photographs, she certainly was an artist! This invokes so many questions of her.
I hope to hear more of this unique and poignant story about the photographer and the person who found these treasures.
I'm so glad this was shared for us to enjoy!
One thing that I find interesting about the story, and somewhat sad about the future, is the fact that someone was able to pick up the undeveloped rolls of film and negatives - physical photographs. The same thing is true of piles of prints or glass plates that turn up in estate sales or clearances.
I wonder how many people will be able to do the same thing in the future when, at best, we'd be talking about a pile of indexed and labelled DVD/BluRay disks or more likely an anonymous hard disk or disk array. The first inclination of anyone coming across a pile of computer disks or hardware is to simply junk it. Who knows what will be lost ...
Great story, and I could spend days just looking through the photos. They're not amazing in any significant way on their own, but that's one of the things I struggle with. Not every picture has to be amazing, but if you can tell a story, prompt a question, or just create something to remember a person or experience, it doesn't have to be breathtaking. Together with the story, really a neat group of photos.
Touching story and lovely, moving photos. Thanks for pointing this out.
Great story, many compelling photographs. A broke photographer with a day job who created some very nice art, but lacked skill in displaying her work while she was alive. How many rffers and getdpiers will be "discovered" like Vivian after we assume room temperature?