Celebrating genius of an undiscovered photographer%0D\
Chicago nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, leaving behind 100,000 negatives that no one but she had ever seen. Her work was discovered by chance, and now the photographs she took on her days off are being hailed as ''ranking up there'' with the best in 20th-century street photography%0D\
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[italic]This was created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Vivian''s work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she resided most of her life. Her discovered work includes over 100,000 mostly medium format negatives, thousands of prints, and countless undeveloped rolls of film. [/italic]%0D
I''ve seen the ones that have so far been posted on the web. She was a quiet lady and none one knew what she was doing...\
Too bad it is getting harder to do street photography now, except in tourist spots...
Thank you OP! I LOVE this story. I am going to keep an eye on this story,and this woman''s work.%0D
I love this kind of photography. It''s both beautiful and ugly at the same time and brings the past to life.
Beautiful photos. Why has this type of photography stopped?
[quote]Why has this type of photography stopped?\
She was freakin'' amazing. Had to be up there with the all time greats.
Astounding stuff. I think she''s the real deal.\
Thanks OP for letting us know about her!
"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."
Unbelievable. A photographer would be lucky to get a dozen of these in a lifetime, and she had thousands.\
Surely she''ll have to be remembered as one of the 20th-century''s greatest urban photographers.
Poeple look more the same now. People at the age of 12 and at the age of 62 are wearing the same clothes. People are fattened up on American trash food and American media. City dwellers are more gentrified. If people have a look, it''s from mass media sources -- more of a copycat phenomenon. It is more difficult to take a photo where someone stands out. \
Life before was harder, but life today lacks flavor.
Pity so few of you seem to be aware of Diane Arbus, Weegee & other mid-20th century photographers. Maier''s work wouldn''t seem quite so startling & unique.
Maier''s work pre-dates Arbus'' and Weegee concentrated mostly on crime.
Her work is quieter, more pensive and less invasive than Arbus''s. It has more distance and respect from the subjects. \
So don''t lecture us, thank you.
Arbus also zeroed in on people more intensely -- this woman tends to set them in context of their background, even if it''s just a plain city street. Plus her photos are half-candid, half-posed, where Arbus had her subjects almost staring down the camera like a challenge.\
I like them both, but I''ve seen nearly everything Arbus ever did, whereas this is an incredible, exciting trove of unseen images. It''s like unearthing a treasure chest. There''s one of a little boy and his mother on a slummy street (which is still completely free of litter or graffiti) with 1950s cars in the background; the boy is peeing in the gutter nonchalantly while his mother, in a giant head wrap, is watching him with complete detachment. It''s shocking and mundane at the same time - like something Norman Rockwell and Robert Mapplethorpe would both appreciate.\
Maier is amazing.
Some great stuff. Really interesting person/story. Thanks for posting this OP.
Far superior to anything Diane Arbus ever produced.
Shit, I was just in Chicago this week. Wish I had gone to the exhibition.
While some images have strength and composition, many more do not and are the sorts of photos students bring back to their first freshman photography class -- bad ideas that need never have been executed.%0D\
[quote]Unbelievable. A photographer would be lucky to get a dozen of these in a lifetime, and she had thousands.%0D\
[quote]Surely she''ll have to be remembered as one of the 20th-century''s greatest urban photographers.%0D\
She had 100,000 negatives, which is maybe 99,000 too many. Of course it''s an important historical document, but to suggest that there are thousands of masterpieces seems a stretch from all that I''ve seen. %0D\
The reason a photographer would, in a lifetime, be lucky to get a dozen great images that resonate long in people''s minds has less to do with how many photographs they made and more to do with the capacity of the audience to register and recall master works on one person.%0D\
These are great pictures. It''s a contrast to people I know who''ve decided they''re photographers simply because they like to take pictures on their iPhone and put an app effects on them.%0D\
Can someone start a thread?%0D\
"You''re not a photographer just because you like to take pictures!"%0D\
[quote]These are great pictures. It''s a contrast to people I know who''ve decided they''re photographers simply because they like to take pictures on their iPhone and put an app effects on them.\
My beef with the guy who found her prints and negatives is that he fist decided he would become a photographer by copying V. Maier''s style. He thought he could photograph just as well as she did. When his photos came out looking like crap he realized that Meier''s work might be something special. Unfortunately, by the time he figured this out she became very ill and he never got to get in touch with her. As the result of his idiocy she never found out that her work did not perish in the storage locker. \
I hope there is a show in NYC at some point.
I like the self-portraits, too
great pics. the only bad side of this story is that you KNOW maggie gyllenhaal is getting the rights for the movie adaptation right now.
Does anyone know what kind od camera she used? Was it a Hasselblad?
R35, is a funny fellow. He speaks the truth.
The genius of a photographer is often in the editing process. Why you might think some of this looks like "student" work is because you're getting much of it unedited or uncurated by the artist. This guy is developing film she never saw. Not every shot is going to work and her skillful eye would have weeded those shots out.
She has a much more loving camera than Arbus.
She used a Rolleiflex camera.
I saw about thirty prints at a show in Santa Monica back in April, and as much as I wanted to love them, I was left underwhelmed.