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09:19 am - Vivian Maier, Street Photographer



Some more of my favorites. See yesterday's post for more information.































Vivian Maier's blog here, LJ feed here.


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From:stivalineri
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
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I like that they're all New York sans glitter.
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From:bearhedded
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
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Do you suppose that is the prototype for goldfish crackers, on the sidewalk, by the stroller?
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From:thornyc
Date:October 21st, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Prototype, schmototype. Maier worked into the 1970's, and Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers have been around since 1962.

There's a far more intriguing detail in the photo just above it....

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From:bearhedded
Date:October 22nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
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She don't have no crackers!
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From:bigjohnsf
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
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"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." -- Diane Arbus

Thanks for turning your amazing aesthetic sense toward one of my favorite subjects.
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From:thornyc
Date:October 21st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Some of the photographers in yesterday's post discussed how to take and the difficulty of taking photographs of people on the street.

I remember a college art professor telling me that Diane would engage her subjects, talking to them, and sharing a secret before asking to take their picture.

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From:bigjohnsf
Date:October 21st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Well, candid photography is very hard, and many street photographers try to avoid posed shots.

Diane Arbus on the other hand seemed to do almost exclusively posed shots -- random, or found perhaps, but eventually posed, to the point of a kind of stillness.

I remember when the Bosworth biography came out in 1984 tearing through it to discover her "secret" for not being afraid to approach people on the street to ask to take their picture because that was the thing I found hardest -- asking people to take their picture. It seems, that she never learned not to be afraid of that moment, she just overcame it, pushed herself to do it anyway.

Edited at 2009-10-21 04:32 pm (UTC)
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From:deafdyke
Date:October 23rd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I was a big fan of Arbus, and remember that bit about fear in the Bosworth bio,

Being afraid of the moment, sadly, still seems to have killed her in the end.
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From:rsc
Date:October 21st, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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I love (i.e., want) the leopard hat & shawl.

Edited at 2009-10-21 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From:leathers
Date:October 21st, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
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Is it just me, or does the cop in the upper picture bear a striking resemblance to the late Fred Gwynne?
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From:thornyc
Date:October 21st, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)

Car 54, Where Are You?

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Now that you mention it, he does!

From:mt_yvr
Date:October 21st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
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It's funny... but there is such a strong pull in these photos for me. In some way that I have yet to find words for automatically struck me as New York and my family. There is so much in them that hints and motions toward a sense of familiar that it is uncanny at times, I expect to see my grandparents and other family members at corners and in passing reflections. I absolutely adore these images.

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From:bobo_dreams
Date:October 21st, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Thor... these images are just fuckin' brilliant. They're everything I love about the city.... real people... real emotions...real everything. Fuck. I love 'em all.
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From:danbearnyc
Date:October 21st, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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They had faces then.
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From:deafdyke
Date:October 23rd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I love these. They manage to look both vintage and timeless. Maier seems to have captured the one thing about NYC that never changes: it's effect on its people.

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