This page is dedicated to the artists and photographers that have inspired me.
Vivian Maier inspired me firstly for who she was as a person and her life story, I sometimes feel more inspired by the actual artist than the work that they create.
“Well, I suppose nothing is meant to last forever. We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel. You get on, you have to go to the end. And then somebody has the same opportunity to go to the end and so on.” – Vivian Maier
Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny and caregiver for the rest of her life. In her leisure, however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City. Vivian would further indulge in her passionate devotion to documenting the world around her through homemade films, recordings, and collections, assembling one of the most fascinating windows into American life in the second half of the twentieth century.
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Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa is a part of “Old Africa” that is quickly disappearing.
‘For many years, Roger Ballen has traveled widely throughout South Africa, visiting its scattered towns and villages. During this time he has developed a unique vision toward little-known corners and artifacts, trading stores, old houses and humble people. Textured with time, these photographs reveal the essence of these places.
The vision is pure. It is direct. It does not rely on photographic processing tricks. We can only marvel that the most commonplace subject matter becomes poetic and that the fragment becomes an artistic unit. Perhaps no more intimate portrait exists of these towns.
Looked at as a cumulative affirmation of an artist’s vision and intention, these images define a body of work which is surely one of the purest and strongest aesthetic statements ever made in South African photography.
Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa was published by Hirt and Carter, Cape Town, in 1986, and reprinted by Protea Boekhuis in 2011.