Maier shot incredible portraits, catching strangers off guard. From African-American middle-aged men to kids playing in the streets to New York’s high society, she left no stone unturned.
“I think what I am looking for is not the truth, in the sense of the unique and uncontested truth. Ultimately it is the lie, the suspension of disbelief. It’s like asking a question and going about it without an answer, without uncovering the underlying truth, but uncovering layers and layers of other questions taking you along divergent paths. Just like in real life.”
His use of light, lines and his simple compositions make his subjects stand out. That’s not to say that they become lighter or pleasant to watch; that was never his goal.
Taking a photo is more about the choice that leads to the content of the frame than the final result. And Mann’s choices are radical and captivating.