Tuesday, January 25, 2011

About street photographer Vivian Meier

She's the buzz all over the interwebs; Vivian Meier an unknown street photographer whose entire archive was found at auction after her passing. I have a couple thoughts about the matter I'd like to share.

The first one is about marketing. Vivian was completely unknown (perhaps by choice), but judging by the quality of her images, she's as good as Andre Kertesz, Henri Cartier Bresson or Max Yavno. With that in mind, imagine how well she could have done if she marketed herself. I know its easy to say after the fact, and not really knowing anything about her life, but I can't help but think she should have been taking her portfolio around and putting it into peoples hands. She could have been a household name but now but you can't win if you don't play.

The second thought is about motivation, which is just as important as the marketing aspect. You have to shoot what you love. Its so easy to agree to shoot stuff for people because you have the gear or it sounds interesting, and I'm not saying you shouldn't, but after you're done with that, get back to what you love.

You like old people? Photograph your friend's grandparents. You like to drive fast? Shoot some race cars. Love animals? Volunteer to shoot for your local animal shelter.

Vivian obviously loved the street, so that's what she did. What do you love?

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