Legendary Socially Aware Street Photographer Vivian Cherry Dies at 98

I was saddened to read about the passing of legend in the world of street photography. At the ripe age of 98, Vivian Cherry passed away on March 4 in Albuquerque.

Vivians curiosity about the lives of everyday people brought her to the streets of New York City to compose finely tuned images of immigrants, street vendors, construction works, children and everything in between. Her work almost always featured everyday people in candid situations. The epitome of street photography at its finest.

“So much was going on in the world and I wanted to be a part of it.”

It seems Vivian had always been an artist of some sort. She aspired to be a dancer from a young age, but after sustaining a knee injury while in a Broadway show, she found a job in a photo lab. This would be the beginning of a new career.

She had a gritty, journalistic approach that was voyeuristic at times. She once said about her decision to become a photographer, “So much was going on in the world and I wanted to be a part of it.” Make no mistake, she became a part of that world.

Take a moment to view Vivian’s work. Her time in the streets, observing, composing and capturing would benefit any photographer no matter their focus.

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