Inspiration: Vivian Maier

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I FIRST HEARD ABOUT VIVIAN MAIER A COUPLE YEARS AGO BUT FORGOT ABOUT IT UNTIL I RECENTLY STUMBLED UPON A TRAILER FOR A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HER STORY. IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT VIVIAN MAIER, SHE IS ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST ACCLAIMED STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS; BORN IN 1926 AND PASSED AWAY IN 2009. 

WHAT REALLY MAKES HER STORY AMAZING THOUGH, IS THE FACT THAT HER PHOTOS WEREN'T KNOWN (AND MOSTLY UNDEVELOPED) AT ALL, UP UNTIL A COUPLE YEARS AGO.

A CHICAGO STREET PHOTOGRAPHER NAMED JOHN MALOOF CAME ACROSS A LOT AT HIS LOCAL ANTIQUE AUCTION HOUSE, WHICH WAS FOR 100,000+ NEGATIVES OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, AROUND 3000 PRINTS AND SOME 16MM VIDEO TAPES. 

SOON AFTER HIS PURCHASE OF THE LOT (WHICH HE WON FOR $380) HE QUICKLY REALISED HOW SPECIAL HER PHOTOGRAPHY WAS AND THAT HE NEEDED TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD. IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HER WORK HAS BEEN EXHIBITED ACROSS THE WORLD, APPEARED IN NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES, BEEN ON TV NEWS SHOWS AND A BOOK ENTITLED 'VIVIAN MAIER: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY' IN 2011.

NOW A DOCUMENTARY IS IN THE WORKS AND IS NEARING COMPLETION, WHICH I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER BELOW...

 

THERE AREN'T MANY DOCUMENTARIES ON PHOTOGRAPHY, LET ALONE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SO WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS GETS MADE, IT'S REALLY EXCITING FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY NERD BY MYSELF. WHAT REALLY INTRIGUES ME ABOUT THIS STORY IS HOW UNKNOWN AND SECRETIVE ABOUT HER PHOTOGRAPHY SHE WAS. IT MAKES ME WONDER HOW MANY OTHER COUNTLESS NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUT THERE HAVE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHIC (OR ART IN GENERAL) COLLECTIONS AND TALENTS THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BY THE WORLD. HOW MANY GRANDPA'S OUT THERE TOOK AMAZING PHOTOS DURING WARTIMES OR FAMILY IN THE 'OLD COUNTRY' HAVE PHOTOS ALBUMS DEPICTING A TIME WE WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN? MIND BLOWING.

PERSONALLY I CAME ACROSS A FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM MY AUNTIE HAS OF WHEN SHE, MY MOTHER AND UNCLES WERE YOUNG IN RODRIGUES AND MAURITIUS. SOME OF THE PHOTOS ARE AMAZING AND I WAS IN AWE THE FIRST TIME I SAW THEM. I WILL DEFINITELY GET THEM SCANNED SOON AND POST THEM UP HERE.

VIVIAN MAEIR'S STORY REALLY IS AMAZING BUT SADLY IT SEEMS IT'S ANOTHER CASE OF AN ARTIST GAINING FAME AFTER DEATH. IM PRETTY SURE THAT'S NOT WHAT SHE IS ABOUT, BUT YOU CAN IMAGINE THE SHAME IT WOULD BE IF THESE PHOTOS NEVER MADE THE LIGHT OF DAY. SHARE YOUR ART AND YOUR TALENT WITH THE WORLD PEOPLE! EVEN IF YOU THINK IT MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST OR ANY GOOD, I GUARANTEE SOMEONE OUT THERE WILL DEFINITELY APPRECIATE IT!

AS A SIDE NOTE, THE STORY OF VIVIAN MAIER ALSO REMINDS ME A LITTLE BIT OF A DOCUMENTARY I WATCHED RECENTLY CALLED 'SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN' WHICH WAS ABOUT A MUSICIAN WHO WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY UNKNOWN IN AMERICA BUT WHOSE MUSIC WAS MORE POPULAR THAN ELVIS IN SOUTH AFRICA. IT WAS A REALLY GREAT DOCUMENTARY AND DEFINITELY WORTH THE WATCH. (GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY IN IT TOO..)

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER BELOW...

 
 
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