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Vivian Maier

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by KillRamsey, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Is this old news? Have you all heard about this woman?

    http://www.vivianmaier.com/

    Synopsis: A nanny in NYC was also quietly a serious photography hobbyist with an incredible eye, starting in the 1950's. She quietly took tens of thousands of pictures and boxed up the negatives in her room. She seems to have used a Rolleiflex TLR and a Leica? None of the people who considered themselves her friends had any idea whatsoever about this hobby - they all describe her as being incredibly closed off and secretive. A few years ago someone bought the whole lot of negatives for $300-something at auction, and when they began to scan them, they realized the woman had been a genious (she died in the first decade of the 2000's at 83 years old after a fall on ice.)

    I'll be totally honest. This is perhaps the most evocative and alluring street photography I have ever seen from one person. Sorry if it's old news, I'd never heard of her before and I'm floored.
     
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  2. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Not really, really old news but certainly I think most of us will have seen her work ;) I was just looking at her stuff yesterday, I never tire of it.
     
  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Yeah, three or four year old news. Her book and work has been out there. I think the movie is starting a new wave of publicity...

    -Ray
     
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  4. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Yes, fairly old news but interesting non the less.
     
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm just bitter that I'm not the clown that bumped into her treasure trove and became rich off of someone else's work.
     
  6. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    978
    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Every few months someone re-discovers it; there are a few threads already :) Great stuff, well worth reintroducing, as far as I'm concerned.
     
  7. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    The story is good, but I find myself fascinated by her images. The patron saint of amateur street shooters.
     
  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Oh good. Well, not good that I started yet another thread about it - sorry about that. But good that she's known.
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    No problem. No one who thinks of themselves as photographer would not be taken with her story and images. I'm just glad it's not another EVF thread :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I wonder if Ms. Maier would have used an EVF if it were an option :wink:
     
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  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    She would! She would use the flippy Oly type of EVF. I have one of the books that Malouf (or whatever that bloke's name is) published. Some very very nice photos.
     
  12. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yes, this is kind of like the 106-year-old color photographs from Russia. The story has been out for a while but every year, new people discover them:

    http://www.gridenko.com/pg

    But that's okay, Kyle. I'm sure you aren't the only person to recently learn about Vivian Maier. It's good for you to pass along the world so others can enjoy her work.
     
  13. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick SC Regular

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    Mar 12, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Rick
    Good thing she didn't store her images on something like Iomega zip disks :)
     
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  14. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Yes. Damn good point.
     
  15. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    She was a TLR user, so a tilt screen at waist level would have been good for her.
     
  16. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Isn't that sort of what selling used records is? :biggrin:

    -Ray
     
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  17. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    979
    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Eliot
    o.o

    oh no he di'int! :D hehehehe
     
  18. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn SC Veteran

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    Jul 8, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris Leskovsek
    yup, big fan, like most that have heard of her, I own a book, Im waiting for the movie to go online, as ill extremely doubt it will ever make it to the lost island i live in.
     
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  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Good one Ray. I think the Vivien Maier score is more like finding a stash of unreleased tapes of Monk playing New York nightclubs in the late 40s. The Monk LPs I sell are cool and all, but they were mass produced. This guy didn't find a second set of prints from Vivien Maier, he found her entire body of work.

    Even finding a really good collection is nothing that one can retire on. Also, I'm known for paying people good money for good records. This guy just stumbled upon a goldmine.....and he wasn't even looking for it!
     
  20. ryanshoots

    ryanshoots SC Regular

    66
    Apr 22, 2012
    Minnesota
    I have one of the books of her photos. There is some really good stuff and some ok stuff. (I think the ok is better than my good by a long ways)

    What I do enjoy the most is just the fact that the photos are from another time. I don't want to see one more street photo of someone occupied with a smart phone. That has become the Antelope Canyon of street photography for me. I just don't ever need to see it again.
     
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