Not at all well known, he barely has a page in Wikipedia, Ray Metzker has created some wonderful photographs of the city and, I believe, his work deserves more attention and recognition. I have always been impressed by his use of stark black shadows and bright white light.
“Unnecessary detail is the death of a lot of photographs. The viewer can see and get involved with every pebble,
but the experience is only inventory-taking. No work is left for the imagination.” Ray Metzker
Here are some links to the work of Mr. Metzker and his work: Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington Seattle Star PetaPixel Behold at Slate
Vivian Maier is another of my favorite photographers. Her story is remarkable. She accumulated a huge body of work that was unknown until after her death. Chance, alone, led to her discovery and recognition.
Vivian Maier: Self Portrait with Reflections
Ms. Maier worked off and on as a nanny in Chicago and spent her days off walking the streets of the city photographing its people and scenes. Mary Ellen Mark said of her, “She was a humanist, in the best tradition. She showed real life, and that’s so difficult to do.” She died in 2009 at the age of 83.
Here are some links to Ms. Maier and her work: Vivian Maier Photographer Finding Vivian Maier A Documentary
Mr. Leiter is one on my favorite photographers.
In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious.
I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it. Saul Leiter
Mr. Leiter is not particularly well known but his work is wonderful. Sadly, he just died last month, a week short of his 90th birthday. There is a documentary about him I’m going to try and obtain. The DVD isn’t available in North America yet. I’ll check with my contact in Scotland. His books are available thru Amazon and ABE Books.
Here are some links to Mr. Leiter and his work: NYT Obituary In No Great Hurry The Online Photographer Tyylit