Vivian Maier is a revelation. Not only to me, but to the whole world of photography.
The most amazing thing is that Vivian Maier preferred to just take photographs and never really reveal her passion. It was only after her death that just by luck, some prints and negatives were reveilled over the internet, and her work began to get wide recognition.
As quoted from Wikipedia:
Vivian Dorothy Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer. Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago’s North Shore, pursuing photography during her spare time. She took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, primarily of the people and architecture of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, although she also traveled and photographed worldwide.
During her lifetime, Maier’s photographs were unknown and unpublished; many of her negatives were never printed. A Chicago collector, John Maloof, acquired some of Maier’s photos in 2007, while two other Chicago-based collectors, Ron Slattery and Randy Prow, also found some of Maier’s prints and negatives in her boxes and suitcases around the same time. Maier’s photographs were first published on the Internet in July 2008, by Slattery, but the work received little response.In October 2009, Maloof linked his blog to a selection of Maier’s photographs on the image-sharing website Flickr, and the results went viral, with thousands of people expressing interest. Maier’s work subsequently attracted critical acclaim, and since then, Maier’s photographs have been exhibited around the world.
Her life and work have been the subject of books and documentary films, including the film Finding Vivian Maier (2013), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 87th Academy Awards.
Her early work is in black and white film, however her later photographs in colour are also amazing! Just have a look at the photos below. Vivian Maier applies perfectly well the concepts of colour matching and color mixing.
More info on Vivian Maier’s work can be found below.
- Vivian Maier BBC Imagine (2013)
- Finding Vivian Maier with John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
- Vivian Maier´s photographs (1926 – 2009)
- The Vivian Maier Mystery Q&A Session
- Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
- Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
- Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife
- Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits
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