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Vivian Maier (1926-2009)

 
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PostPosted: Nov 02, 2009 2:55 am    Post subject: Vivian Maier (1926-2009) Reply with quote

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This was created in dedication to the photographer Vivian Maier, a street photographer from the 1950s - 1970s. Vivian's work was discovered at an auction here in Chicago where she lived for 50 years but was originally a native to France. Her discovered work includes between 30-40,000 mostly medium format negatives. Born February 1, 1926 and deceased on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.


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I acquired Vivian's negatives while at a furniture and antique auction. From what I know, the auction house acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to delinquent payments. I didn't know what 'street photography' was when I purchased them.

It took me days to look through all of her work. It inspired me to pick up photography myself. Little by little, as I progressed as a photographer, I would revisit Vivian's negatives and I would "see" more in her work. I bought her same camera and took to the same streets soon to realize how difficult it was to make images of her caliber. I discovered the eye she had for photography through my own practice. Needless to say, I am attached to her work.

After some researching, I have only little information about Vivian. Central Camera (110 yr old camera shop in Chicago) has encountered Vivian from time to time when she would purchase film while out on the Chicago streets. From what they knew of her, they say she was a very "keep your distance from me" type of person but was also outspoken. She loved foreign films and didn't care much for American films.

Some of her photos have pictures of children and often times it was near a beach. I later found out she was a nanny for a family on the North Side whose children these most likely were. One of her obituary's state she lived in Oak Park, a close Chicago suburb but, I later found she lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood, in Chicago.

Out of the 30-40,000 negatives I have in the collection, about 10-15,000 negatives were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960's-1970's. I have been successfully developing these rolls. I still have about 600 rolls yet to develop. I must say, it's very exciting for me. Most of her negatives that were developed in sleeves have the date and location penciled in French (she had poor penmanship).

I found her name written with pencil on a photo-lab envelope. I decided to 'Google' her about a year after I purchased these only to find her obituary placed the day before my search. She passed only a couple of days before my inquiry on her.

I wanted to meet her in person well before I found her obituary but, the auction house had stated she was ill, so I didn't want to bother her. So many questions would have been answered if I had.


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PostPosted: Jan 02, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9 minute segment on Vivian Maier - Chicago Tonight - http://desvisagesdesfigures.tumblr.com/post/2467999874

Finding Vivian Maier - a feature-length documentary - http://desvisagesdesfigures.tumblr.com/post/2500203730
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PostPosted: Jan 02, 2011 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am scris si eu foarte telegrafic despre asta. Mai sunt cateva legaturi in plus.
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PostPosted: Jan 03, 2011 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fain! Very Happy

Am uitat să postez site-ul: http://www.vivianmaierphotography.com/
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