Vivian Maier: The Discovered Street Photographer
Recently I saw a video concerning a man named John Maloof who had purchased street photographer Vivian Maier’s numerous negatives at an auction, he seemed hugely passionate about the task he had of developing her numerous rolls of film. When I saw some of the photography Maier had captured, I could see why he felt the way he did. Her work dates from the 1950’s to the 1990’s and she was a resident of Chicago city.
Bearing in mind that Maier was working in a time where there wasn’t high technology or gadgets, her ability to create perfection consistently is mind-blowing. Her captures clearly take into consideration many elements, each photo has perfect composition, she finds the perfect exposure consistently and the contrast in the tones are simply stunning. Most importantly though, each photo has its own tale. Maier documents Chicago life in a fascinating style, she was a undiscovered storyteller who has now been discovered! Just a shame she didn’t get the recognition for her work whilst she was still with us (Maier sadly passed away in 2009).
But then again.. perhaps Maier didn’t want recognition?? Perhaps every photo was her own personal vision of the world??? this may explain why her film was left undeveloped. These are questions we will sadly never know the answers too, her work lives on though and my applause goes to John Maloof for bringing her work back to life.
Check out the blog created by John Maloof showcasing her work…. http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/. Highly interesting!