Atlanta based street photographer Chip Simone
I couldn’t find a website for Chip Simone’s work but a google search shows many sites that host a good selection of his images.
The National Portrait Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of EO Hoppé. Hoppé was German born but moved to the UK when he was 22 and became one of the most celebrated British photographers of the early 20th Century. In recent years he has faded from public awareness; the NPG exhibition aims to restore his reputation.
The exhibition features around 150 works. About 2/3rds of the photos are the portraits for which he was best known. Hoppé was famed for his ability to capture the personality of his sitters. Much of this work is impressive and acts as a who’s who of the era: George Bernard Shaw, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Margot Fonteyn, Einstein, and the Royal Family.
The other third of the exhibition shows his street photography including a number of photos take with a hidden camera concealed in a bag or parcel. I preferred this side of his work and I would like to have seen more (something the writer Geoff Dyer also said in a talk on Hoppé at the NPG last week). But I guess if this had been the case then the exhibition would not have been at the National Portrait Gallery!
Vivian Maier has been all over photo blogs in recent months. The story is wonderful – Maier was a nanny in Chicago who in her freetime walked the streets of the city taking thousands of photos. A few years ago John Maloof purchased more than 100,000 images, plus rolls of undeveloped film, at an auction. The photos are excellent and a fascinating snapshot of the city. Maloof has done a great job in putting the photos up on a dedicated blog. A book and a film are in the pipleline.