Vivian Maier - What a find

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by BillN, Jan 4, 2011.

  1. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
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  2. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I agree. Amazing find. I downloaded the video to my phone and watched several times. Inspiring. Would love to go and see her stuff.
  3. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing. Her eye seems impeachable! Has Don or Ray seen this yet?

    The guy who has all this stuff -- John Maloof. His web site is here: John Maloof - Chicago Street Photography

    And he's set up a web site for Vivian here: Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work

    It says there's a book coming out and a film. I definitely want that book!

    He's also got a donation site for the movie they are doing:

    I wonder if there are others like Vivian -- quietly toiling away in obscurity, making some truly great work?
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    I'd just seen a couple of references to the clip in the past few days and just watched it this morning. Incredible story and the little bit of work they showed is wonderful. I wonder why someone with that much talent never tried to get her work out there. Maybe she was just completely taken by the process and uninterested in the promotional aspects of getting it seen? I don't know, but I'm glad someone found it and is bringing it to light. If there's money to be made on this work, its too bad she didn't get to see any of it, but I have the feeling she got what she wanted from it, which was just the doing of it. If this kid can make some money on it, good on him - he's certainly putting in the time and effort and doing the world a service.

  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    The beauty you see in her work comes from the innocence she cultivated.
    She was not under influence by fame, fortune, curatorial pressure etc.
    She just made images because she had to make images.

    It's a wonderful way to work.
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  6. Spaceghost33

    Spaceghost33 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    Chicago, IL
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    Christopher Stelter

    Her exhibit opens this Friday here in Chicago (runs through April). I plan on going to see it. What a talent!
  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    wow ... wow ... wow
  8. walt_tbay

    walt_tbay Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 24, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    What an incredible story and an amazing sampling of images. Vivian must have been a remarkable, albeit eccentric, individual. Thanks for the link to the documentary project site ~ I'm inclined to help them with a donation.

  9. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    I saw an article on her several months to a year ago. I can't wait to see the exhibition.
  10. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    must look around in the "odd attic"
  11. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    Can you believe the luck of that kid. spends a couple hundred on some boxes of old photos and will likely be a millionaire after the book deals and movie deals. I can't believe in the one part of the clip he says that there are still undeveloped rolls and boxes he hasn't looked through yet!
  12. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
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    Bob Hively-Johnson
    Viv Meyer pics

    +1 to this, and will being going down to see exhibit...

    Her work graphically displays the meaning of "...for its own sake!"
  13. Pap

    Pap Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Fleetwood, PA
    It’s difficult to understand her very private passion for photography. Most would seek some recognition for their work but it seems she did not. Was it a lack of confidence in her images?
    I view her images and what I see is the real truth of photography, not the spectacular sights of an Adams, carefully processed and promoted but the reality of life as it existed during her journey through life. Her images have meaning beyond the spectacular. They represent who we, as a people, are and were.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to see such brilliant work!
  14. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
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    Bob Hively-Johnson
    Plain art for its own sake, ala Breson, sans the job tickets. AA was art worthy but he did like the shine he received. Big difference, humility.

    Besides, when you consider the times, note some of the backgrounds, you find she was working in a post war Chi awash in BW mom did the same thing with her Korelle and big old Solar large format enlarger. No fanfare, just artwork.

    I wonder where in the city she resided.
  15. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 9, 2010
    I think I understand this a bit more after seeing "Exit Through the Gift Shop," where cameraman Thierry is an obsessive taker of footage but just boxes it up like Vivian did.

    What's different in Thierry's case, though, is that Banksy gave him a distracting project, then took all his footage and made a film out of it. (The film is, of course, "Exit Through the Gift Shop.")
  16. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
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    Bill (really)
    In a slightly different vein, there's an interesting video about The Sartorialist at:

    [ame=]YouTube - Intel Visual Life - The Sartorialist[/ame]
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  17. dsteady

    dsteady Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 8, 2010
    Yeah! I'll be going this weekend I think. What an amazing find.
  18. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    Everyone I've passed the link on to has been inspired and awed by this ladies work.

    Hopefully her pictures will make it down-under !