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Vivian Maier, street photographer and nanny.

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So basically some dude in Chicago bought a bunch of negatives in an auction, he started developing them and thought they were awesome, so went back and bought the rest of them and some undeveloped rolls. The photographers identity was a mystery at first but then he figured it out. The art world is now learning of his finds and is getting really exited over these never before seen photographs. Its a good read and she took some pretty rad pics thus far.

 

 

 

This is her

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Vivian Maier Wikipedia Page

 

Her work.

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The story.

 

I acquired Vivian's negatives while at a furniture and antique auction while researching a history book I was co-authoring on Chicago's NW Side. From what I know, the auction house acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to delinquent payments. I didn't know what 'street photography' was when I purchased them.

 

It took me days to look through all of her work. It inspired me to pick up photography myself. Little by little, as I progressed as a photographer, I would revisit Vivian's negatives and I would "see" more in her work. I bought her same camera and took to the same streets soon to realize how difficult it was to make images of her caliber. I discovered the eye she had for photography through my own practice. Needless to say, I am attached to her work.

 

After some researching, I have only little information about Vivian. Central Camera (110 yr old camera shop in Chicago) has encountered Vivian from time to time when she would purchase film while out on the Chicago streets. From what they knew of her, they say she was a very "keep your distance from me" type of person but was also outspoken. She loved foreign films and didn't care much for American films.

 

Some of her photos have pictures of children and often times it was near a beach. I later found out she was a nanny for a family on the North Side whose children these most likely were. One of her obituaries states that she lived in Oak Park, a close Chicago suburb, but I later found that she lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

 

Out of the more than 100,000 negatives I have in the collection, about 20-30,000 negatives were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960's-1970's. I have been successfully developing these rolls. I must say, it's very exciting for me. Most of her negatives that were developed in sleeves have the date and location penciled in French (she had poor penmanship).

 

I found her name written with pencil on a photo-lab envelope. I decided to 'Google' her about a year after I purchased these only to find her obituary placed the day before my search. She passed only a couple of days before that inquiry on her.

 

http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

 

Video Link

 

 

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I did a post search and I did a thread search and came up with nothing, then again I can type in an exact thread title and not get the thread I'm looking for, who knows? I think its better off in untitled than in ch-0.

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This double exposure self portrait of hers is rad, look how the composition goes perfectly with her body and legs.

 

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I could be wrong but since dude only scored her neg's I believe she had to of done this in camera.

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