Thursday, January 20, 2011

Street Photography of Vivian Maier

When John Maloof acquired a box of old negatives at an auction a few years ago he had no idea what he was getting himself into.  Read about it in his blog.  Watch a 9 minute segment from a Chicago PBS news feature about his story.  Glimpse a miniscule sampling of the pictures he discovered.

About his blog, John Maloof says:  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 a ton of undeveloped rolls of film. I have approximately 90-95% of the work.

There's more about Vivian Maier in a New York Times blog called Lens.  And Chicago Magazine has a detailed narrative about the background to this story.

The street photography of Vivian Maier is among the most compelling I have ever seen.  I eagerly look forward to the publication of the book and the completion of the documentary that John Maloof is producing about her work.

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