I love street photography, though I am mostly too much of a scaredy-cat to really pursue it most of the time. There are a few exceptions, of course, and I love the photos I've taken when I have some sort of "excuse" to be taking strangers' photos out in public (Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk, Cheyenne Frontier Days, etc.) but normally I just imagine how cool a photo would turn out if I was brave enough to take it.
It is no surprise that I was absolutely, completely enthralled by Finding Vivian Maier, a documentary that details the discovery of one of the most prolific street photographers of all time. I was familiar with some of Vivian Maier's photographs since she posthumously came on the photography world scene in the last few years, but I had never taken the time to really learn about her life until Matt and I rented it on Apple TV recently. We cannot recommend this film enough: it is a jaw-dropping, unlikely story of an immensely talented woman who kept her creative life (mostly) a secret. It has moments of heartbreak, too, told in a way that presents the price of creativity as a difficult equation to balance. I won't lie: I saw part of myself in her regarding the compulsion to take photos and collect the ephemera that documents ordinary life, and it has left me wondering why some people function this way and some people don't. In the end, I was in awe of the sheer emotion and detail she was able to capture as she roamed the streets with her charges in tow.
Here's the trailer; add it to your wish list.