Thursday, September 1, 2011

Street photographer par excellence


From excitedly developing negatives for his blog, to a dedicated website, exhibitions, and a forthcoming book & documentary, the magnificent legacy of genius photographer Vivian Maier has been snatched from jaws of oblivion by John Maloof.
There is still very little known about the life of Vivian Maier. What is known is that she was born in New York in 1926 and worked as a nanny for a family on Chicago’s North Shore during the 50s and 60s. Seemingly without a family of her own, the children she cared for eventually acted as caregivers for Maier herself in the autumn of her life. She took hundreds of thousands of photographs in her lifetime, but never shared them with anyone. Maier lost possession of her art when her storage locker was sold off for non-payment. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 83.
Maloof bought the locker at a thrift auction house and has dedicated himself to curating this fabulous collection ever since. Below is a set of self-portraits; I'll be posting more of her work soon.


I can't wait for the book! If you're hankering to view work by other great B&W photographers, I recommend The Art of Lee Miller, As I See It by John Loengard, and Abelardo Morrell

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