Alex Vadukul has a wonderful article in the New York Times about photographer George Forss. The photos are fantastic, but it's the story about one person's way through this world that I most enjoyed.
Forss didn't have an easy go of it, but it sounds like he got on with it, quietly working on his art. I'm assuming that most of his work was on the used cameras he learned to fix or build. I liked this quote.
“Sure, I have a lot of resentment,” Mr. Forss said in an interviewwith Popular Photography magazine in 1984. “But it’s not going to show in my work. I want to be uplifted, and brought to the level of a beautiful place.”