A very odd thing happened to me recently. It is a kind of magical experience when you meet someone who is the subject of a well-known photograph. Imagine running into one of Rineke Dijkstra's swimmers...
The photographer isn't famous yet, but 21-year-old Mike Brodie has certainly garnered a lot of attention as the Polaroid Kidd including a show at Bonni Benrubi and a review in the New Yorker. Brodie is a modern day hobo, a train rider armed with a camera, a cell phone and a laptop. I discovered his work at Get This! Gallery in Atlanta where owner Lloyd Benjamin met Brodie on the trains last year. The image at left "Anna & Horse Pony" was taken in 2006 near Pensacola Florida.
On Wednesday while walking the 5 blocks to my gallery, I was waiting with two young adults to cross the street. I looked. And looked again:
"Your name is Anna right?"
"You own a little stuffed unicorn right?"
"You know Mike Brodie don't you?"
And the rest is history........