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Ten galleries of images representing David's work, both personal and professional, over the last 8 years.

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If you've tried the books about gear and long for something more, David's poured his heart into 20 books and ebooks for you.

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Two carefully curated collections of 24 beautiful fine-art prints and folios for your walls or your personal collection.

Jun 18th

2014

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CategoryPosted in: Study the Masters

Study the Masters: Vivian Maier

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Unless you’ve been hiding in a cabin in the woods, there’s a better than none chance that you’ve heard about Vivian Maier (1926-2009), the reclusive nanny who lived and worked – and photographed – in Chicago for most of her adult life. Her work never saw the light of day until discovered serendipitously by a collector, John Maloof, when he bought some 100,000 of her images, many of them still undeveloped, at an auction. Since then word of Maier’s odd life has circulated almost as quickly as word of her beautiful work, which in her lifetime not only avoided fame, but avoided being seen at all.

I include Maier here in the Study the Masters series for a couple reasons. The first being the quality of her work, which is stunning, and completely lacking in pretense, which is a refreshing side-effect of creating art only for ourselves. Being discovered post-humously doesn’t detract from her well-deserved status as a master of this medium.  The second reason is related, and falls close to my usual sermons about the near-complete irrelevance of the dividing line between professional and amateur when it comes to creating our work. Maier used a twin-lens reflex camera for most of her work, a boxy thing with an average lens, worked as a nanny, and never showed her work. She did it for her own reasons. She was not a “professional.” And despite all this -perhaps because of it – she created an astonishing, authentic, beautiful body of work. We should all be so lucky.

You can read more about Maier on Wikipedia, or see more of her work at VivianMaier.com but to best appreciate it, consider getting your hands on either Vivian Maier: Street Photographer or Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found (pre-order only. Due out Oct.2014)

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Jun 8th

2014

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Study the Masters: Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) was an American photographer best known for her photojournalism in the Great Depression, and notably known for the image above, Migrant Mother. An early documentary photographer, Lange’s work in the depression was done primarily on behalf of the American Farm Security Administration (FSA). Later covering the forced relocation of Japanese Americans, in […]

Jun 7th

2014

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CategoryPosted in: Giveaways, Travel

QUEST Vest Giveaway Winners

This is a younger me in my much-loved SCOTTeVEST. So dashing. So multi-pocketed. So pretending to be somewhere exotic. Today we’re giving away three of the new QUEST vests to a few lucky winners. Those lucky winners will get an email from my team and we’ll get your information, and Scott Jordan’s team at SCOTTeVEST […]

Jun 6th

2014

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CategoryPosted in: Influences, Study the Masters

Study the Masters: W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) was an American photojournalist with an uncanny sense of timing and humanity. Often credited as the father of the photo-essay, Smith began his career making photographs for papers in Wichita, Kansas, before eventually moving on to Newsweek, then Life, which he eventually left over an argument about how they used his […]