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October 22nd, 2009

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09:47 am - The Photography of Vivian Maier – One Last Set

There’s been a lot of discussion on the internet in photography and culture blogs about the recently discovered cache of photographs by Vivian Maier, who left behind some 30-40,000 negatives. She took her photographs largely on the streets of Chicago during the 1950s through the 70s, although as the photos show she also traveled to California and New York City.

It’s a fascinating story – or perhaps mystery is a better word, since so little is known about her. Many of the negatives are still in the state of undeveloped rolls of exposed film, so it could be she was addicted to going out and capturing images, but after her retirement (she worked as a nanny and babysitter), likely due to health issues, never had enough money to develop and print them. She died earlier this year.

Here’s one more selection of her fine work, which can be viewed fully at the blog set up to showcase her work, http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

I like to wonder if in her many photographs she managed to capture a photo of Henry Darger, another Chicago artist undiscovered in his lifetime.

VIVIAN MAIER, 1926-2009

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Date:October 22nd, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Nice, some very fantastic shots in this set, thanks for sharing. I've bookmarked the blog about her.
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Date:October 22nd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
These are wonderful images. I eagerly await the coffee table photo book(s).
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Date:October 23rd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
She was fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
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Date:October 23rd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Great photos, sad story. An artistic butch who died in poverty. Ah well. Thanks for linking--I really liked viewing the photos posted on that blog.

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