Barbara Crane

Recently I got a bit tired of street photography, simply because I feel there is so much repetition as opposed to bold and exciting stuff. So I was delighted to discover the street work of Barbara Crane. In the early 80s she photographed Chicago street festivals with a 4×5 Super Graphic, a Polaroid back and off camera flash, getting really close to her subjects and cropping her shots very tightly.

From the forword of Crane’s resulting book “Private Views”, published by Aperture:

“Her stated goal as a photographer is to ‘attempt to eradicate previous habits of seeing and thinking … to keep searching for what is visually new while always hoping that a fusion of form and content will take place’.”

You can get a copy of “Private Views” for a mere € 16 here.