Thoughts on Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

For this month’s photography book review, I’m moving away from technical photography literature to shed light on a case of posthumous photographic discover. 

Maier’s story moved me, and as my interest in her life grew, I purchased Vivian Maier, Street Photographer. Vivian Maier’s story and path to becoming a recognized street photographer is a beautifully tragic one. Borrowing from Churchill’s quote, Vivian was “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” An American nanny who, unbeknownst to anyone, picked up the camera and captured the streets of New York and Chicago. Nobody saw her work until decades after her death, when, by sheer coincidence, her images were bought by a local historian John Maloof at an auction house. Maloof has since developed, collected, and championed Maier’s work.

The book, Vivian Maier, Street Photographer is a collection of this unseen body of work. It’s tragic that her talent was never recognized during her time. Her images are a strong reflection of American city life through the 1950s. I’m particularly moved by her images of children, captured in the most natural, raw, vulnerable yet youthful manner.



Advertisements

One response to “Thoughts on Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

  1. Si vous etes toujours au courant de decocher la facon de regarder gratuitement
    des films en ligne, tapez des mots cles precis a venir a travers
    les websites dont vous etes regarder dehors pour. Si vous voulez telecharger gratuitement des films
    a partir d’Internet, vous devez d’abord connecter votre PC avec l’Internet
    et tapez dans les films gratuits en ligne ou telecharger des films gratuits, regarder des films pour les pictures
    libres ou juste regarder en ligne gratuitement. En tapant ces mots cles,
    vous viendriez a travers des milliers de sites Web.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s