Vivian Maier, New York born yet of European sensibility, spent a notably private lifetime capturing urban mid-century American life in its rawest form. With a Rolleiflex in hand, Maier captured both the peculiarities and eccentricities around her as well as her own through the plethora of self-portraits in her recently obtained portfolio.
As modernism came to an apex in the mid to late 20th century, Arnold Newman was an active contributor to the art-photography world, making celebrity portraiture more than just a simple snapshot of their image, but an encapsulation of their individualized place in the world and a physical legacy in the form of a photograph.
Artist, teacher, mentor, writer, musician, outdoorsman, preservationist, photographer. These are some words of many that describe the life and work of Ansel Adams that spanned most of the 20th century.