Vivian Maier - almost never discovered

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by stillshunter, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
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    Mark
    Starting a new thread based on the segue, in Boid's recent post on street photography:

    Armando, thank you so much for the introduction to Vivian Maier. I am absolutely blown away by her work - especially in light of her biography. So glad the world did discover her photos as this is one of the keenest eyes I've come across and include some of the most amazing compositions and tonal images that I've seen. I have to agree that they are certainly comparable to the seminal HCB works. Yet we came this close to having them simply bio-degrade.

    For those unfamiliar with her work then I'd invite you to have a gander here.

    Meanwhile, for those unfamiliar with her background (which was me only days ago) here an easy intro:
    [video=youtube_share;HWEDOnBfDUI]http://youtu.be/HWEDOnBfDUI[/video]

    Again Armando, THANK YOU! :hail:, this is absolutely fabulous. Inspired now to get out there and shoot. And, hey, I don't care if y'all don't appreciate or understand my work because down the track someone will find a box full of my.....oh who am I kidding! :blush:
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
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    I remember when I stumbled upon that story last year. More than being amazed by her work, I was pissed at the lucky punter that stumbled into that HUGE paycheck. Shoulda been me.
     
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  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
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    You are welcome Mark. I almost never ever buy photography books, unless they are instructional books. But after watching the video above, seeing the photos posted online, I couldn't help but to get the book. A good number of the images in the book are online. But sometimes, there's just something special about holding a book. Plus, it was a good way to help Maloof finish up developing the rest of the photos.

    Every time I look at Maier's photos (or the ones that have been published anyway), I'm just amazed in every possible sense. From a technical standpoint, they look pretty good. But the more important part is that I actually feel an emotional connection with the photos. There's some compelling about them.

    I really wish Maloof was able to track Maier down before she passed away. Would have loved to know what she was thinking when she took a particular photo. Or her approach. Or how and why photography was a passion for her, or perhaps something else altogether.
     
  4. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2010
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    It was pretty clear according to the people who knew her, SORT of, that she wasn't a big talker, or even a little talker. She seems to be one of those people who let her art do the talking. And since she never developed much of her film and never printed ANY of it, it seems pretty clear she didn't even care much about the finished product. She just seemed to love the PROCESS of shooting and interacting - that may have BEEN her method of interacting, since it didn't sound like she was particularly verbal or much of a writer.

    So, I'm guessing she might not have said much at all, if given the chance. But I agree it sure would have been interesting to pick her brain, if she'd have allowed it to be picked!

    -Ray
     
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  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
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    @Ray - Agreed. Too bad though. That's why I was alluding and totally speculating that photography may have been something else other than the photos themselves.

    Something just came across me with what you wrote Ray. Maier didn't even see 99% of photos that we are seeing nowadays!!! Or heck, she didn't see 99.999999% of the photos that she took!

    So, in some ways, Maier was almost a Beethoven or Mozart. They had the ability to compose scores of music in their head without ever playing it.

    This is just simply jaw-dropping level of amazing, in my humble opinion!!!
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
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    she saw them all...... through her viewfinder
     
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  7. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
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    Good point!!! :doh:
     
  8. Phoenix

    Phoenix SC Top Veteran

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    Her images are absolutely amazing, similarly I also wish Maloof was able to get in contact with her before she passed on, I dont know if she was the type of person who would care what other people thought of her images or if all that mattered was what she thought of them, but I wish Maloof was able to tell her that a great deal of people (myself included) are moved, inspired, amazed, and simply blown away by her work.
     
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  9. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
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    I find this part fascinating. There has been much discussion about her over on the PDML (a Pentax Mailing list). With all the discussion about post-processing, this woman seemed to love the shooting. I can completely empathize with her on this.
     
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  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

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    I sometimes couldn't care less if I ever even saw my own photos. I also enjoy the process much more than the results, but that may speak more to my miserable results.
     
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  11. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

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    :rofl:
     
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  12. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
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    I got the book after hearing about it.
    My God, what we almost lost forever!
     
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