Sunday, April 7, 2013

Finding Vivian Maier

In my research I came across Vivian Maier - a street photographer working in Chicago and New York in the 1950s and 1960s, but whose work was unknown until 2007. Her work is very accomplished and she has some amazing images which I thought might interest everyone here.

John Maloof, a collector and historian discovered her photographs when at that time he purchased a box of prints, film rolls and negatives from an auction. He has written of her: 
She was a Socialist, a Feminist, a movie critic, and a tell-it-like-it-is type of person. She learned English by going to theaters, which she loved. She wore a men's jacket, men's shoes and a large hat most of the time. She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn't show anyone. (1)

Fall, 1953, New York

Untitled, 1953, New York

April 18, 1954, New York, NY

May 27, 1970, Chicago, IL 

Untitled, October 14, 1968, Chicago, IL

Undated, Chicago, IL

1955, New York, NY

There is a film, Finding Vivian Maier, now being made about her life and the discovery of her work.

More information here:

(1) John Maloof

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