Street Photographer by Vivian MaierThe blurb for this book lets us know that the publisher put blank pages in on purpose. And I know why: so you can breathe. This book is breathless; not breathtaking, but so alive and vital, you forget that breathing is an involuntary function. And what an extraordinary story! A nanny with no known family or connection, few friends, but a good camera and an amazing eye and decent walking shoes with access to cities and city people. Thousands of photos taken and she never showed anyone. Did not develop the film. John Maloof bought the negatives at auction from Maiers storage locker that was taken for nonpayment. That Maloof bid on these, and then created a place for the photographer Vivian Maier in art and history is a story nobody could make up. Bless you, John Maloof! Maiers self-portraits are in reflection, or her shadow and, in the most revealing photo of all, self-aware. Genius to choose that photo for the last image in the book. Oh my, I want to know her story! How could she do what she did? Why? Was she content with capturing images and not ever seeing the result herself? Or sharing with others? What was she thinking when she chose her images? We see the pride of place in the face of a woman wearing one shoe, the heart-crushing posture of a man receiving a coin in his cup, the face of a boy so confident, you just know he grew up to do well with life. There are more photographs on the internet, and of course, others chose the pictures for this book, and I want, I want, I want to know which pictures Vivian would have appreciated the most, which images she would have chosen herself. But then she chose not to show these photos to anyone. What story would she tell about the day she and the children were about in the city, and she clicked the shutter? How would she feel about this new notoriety, her new position in the ranks of famous street photographers? This praise and exposure? Well never know. I wish there had been no foreword, and absolutely not one by a person who is not a woman nor a photographer, and who is not now and never will be a nanny. It adds only an unpleasant note to an otherwise perfect production. I dont give a rats patoot whether Maier was familiar with other photographers work or not, and neither will any other nascent follower. But, once again, the breathlessness of this womans work. Magnificent secret, overwhelming visual storytelling, wrenching beauty.
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About Vivian Maier
Website by Cocodex Media. A person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Decidedly unmaterialistic, Vivian would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed to the brim with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks. Having picked up photography just two years earlier, she would comb the streets of the Big Apple refining her artistic craft. In her leisure Vivian would shoot photos that she zealously hid from the eyes of others.
The nanny's name was Vivian Maier, and she looked after Joe, his sister Sarah and brother Clark in the Chicago suburbs for three years in the s. The family knew that Maier was unusual and that she took a lot of photographs. Her attic bedroom was kept locked and packed full of boxes and newspapers. Joe's mother, Linda, says that she hired Maier, who was in her 50s, because she wanted someone she could respect as an equal: "I liked Viv because she spoke her mind so I knew what I was dealing with. We could disagree. I could say, 'No, I don't like doing things that way.
Maier was born in the United States to an Austrian father and a French mother., Until recently, the woman behind the camera was unknown, living a quiet life as a nanny in Chicago and dying, alone in a nursing home, in at the age of
Vivian Maier was a professional nanny who, unbeknownst to those that knew her, used her spare time to scour the streets of Chicago and New York, shooting up to a whole roll of film each day. Unknown in her lifetime, she left an outstanding body of work composed of more than , negatives. Maier often returned to New York, where she and her mother shared a living space with the award-winning portrait photographer, Jeanne Bertrand. Eventually, at the age of 25, Maier returned to live in the US. She cared for one particular family, the Ginsbergs, for 14 years.
Credit Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery. Credit Mara Sanchez Renero. Credit Andras Bankuti. This is the first report on a two-part story revealing new research reported on Vivian Maier. The second report is now published,. But Ms. She grew up in the shadow of an older brother who spent time in a vocational school and, later in life, a psychiatric hospital.