Monday, October 29, 2012

Featured Artist @Maggie Rife

Salt Worker | Uyuni, Bolivia
Matte print,12” x 18” Framed
Maggie Rife is a photojournalist, portrait, and wedding photographer based in the Chicago area. Her camera has brought her to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma, Mexico, Panama, France, and--most recently--South America.

Her most recent work, Ascend the Andes, is a collection of images captured while traveling through Salta and Cafajate (Argentina), and La Paz and Uyuni (Bolivia). The photographs are a glimpse of scenes from her daily explorations through a photojournalistic lens. It's a documentation of everyday routine, where life carries on as it has for hundreds of years: A gaucho surveys his ranch after a day's work, Aymara Indians barter for fabric and herbs, the market women manage their shops. Living in Chicago, where things move quickly and the spotlight shines on what's new, Maggie gravitated toward the old--walking instead of driving, goods instead of currency, and traditions, which continue to thrive despite the sprawl of Western influence.
Maggie selected Maria Ponce:  
Maria's work has inspired me since the first time I visited her site. Her photographs are created from a natural intuition for composition and tone, and a sense of what's trending. Still, she remains true to her vision, using light the way painters have for centuries, to create timeless frames. Maria is confident, bold, and one-of-a-kind, just like her work. 

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