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Photo lovers -- take a look at this....

 
 
Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 07:53 am
This guy bought a carton of negatives at an estate sale and discovered an amazing photographer: Vivian Maier.

The story:



A slideshow:



A sample to get you hooked:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YUrw6ooCZj4/TQT9IZKDv3I/AAAAAAAABAg/tIYIR9IbEII/s400/53-285.jpg

http://usedwigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/CHI-2.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_tjHs5PjaiNs/TGxpkyXIO9I/AAAAAAAAHPw/bdr4_GJBNkk/s1600/00000000vivian+maier+00000.jpg

I breathlessly await the book!
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:19 am
The woman had a marvelous eye for portrait, but more than that, of composition, with light, reflection and shadow. Just marvelous photos. There's a photo shown at about 3:50 of the first video, with a woman walking away from the photographer with two children, and puddles on the sidewalk reflecting sheets of light--a just breathtaking photograph. To think that this women spent 50 or 60 years taking photographs of this quality, and never recognized in her own lifetime.

Thanks, Boom, i'm really glad you posted this.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:27 am
@Setanta,
I felt like a kid on Christmas morning watching that video.

To think that he has 100,000 negatives and a whole tub of unprocessed film makes me giddy.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:30 am
The police officer holding the stout woman's arms--there's a short story in a single photograph.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:35 am
Let's keep bumping this up so that more people see it.

Here's a Vivian Maier page at Blog Spot dot com.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:37 am
Here's the Vivian Maier page at the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition is free and it runs until April 3rd.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:38 am
@Setanta,
Thank you! I found the Youtube images hard to see. Those are much easier/ clearer.

Really wonderful stuff.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:41 am
oh my god
oh my god
oh my god
oh my god

i can think of nothing else to say but OH MY GOD.. !
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:42 am
It revives a world which has been gone for generations, too. Men and women who would never appear on the street without a hat. Girls, young women, who are no different than girls today, but who are laughing and gossiping together in skirts, blouses and sweaters--outfits you'd never see today. It's a world at once familiar and alien.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:44 am
@shewolfnm,
I saw you over at FB, and immediately thought of this thread--but i was in a hurry to get done what i needed over there, and wanted to hurry back here.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:46 am
Wikipedia has a bio of her up (no surprise there), and there, i found a link to John Maloof's Vivian Maier web site, which has 12,000 images!
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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:50 am
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_tjHs5PjaiNs/TGxpkyXIO9I/AAAAAAAAHPw/bdr4_GJBNkk/s1600/00000000vivian+maier+00000.jpg

I breathlessly await the book!


love this shot, you're eyes are drawn to the sign in the window, but the real story is the pawn shop logo in the lower left corner
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Reyn
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:50 am
@boomerang,
Wow, I'm impressed!

[2 thumbs up]
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:51 am
I love all the pics of children . . .

http://vivianmaierphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/picture-30.png?w=300&h=284
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 08:55 am
http://vivianmaierphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/picture-28.png?w=288&h=300

http://vivianmaierphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/picture-251.png?w=288&h=300
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:06 am
Thanks for the links, Set! I've got them bookmarked.

It really is an amazing body of work. I'm glad it fell into hands that recognized what it was.

I'm sorry that she missed becoming The Vivian Maier but I have a feeling she wouldn't have liked all the attention.
dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:10 am
@boomerang,
Wow!
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Ceili
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:13 am
Thanks, this discovery is really cool.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:20 am
Wow, this would have been around the time my dad emigrated from Mexico and settled in Chicago for about twenty years or so. I was there for about the first decade of my life.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 09:27 am
She even got a shot of Salvador Dali!

http://www.vivianmaierphotography.com/images/home/documentary_b6-f3-Dali_lg.jpg
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