Book: Vivian Maier
I picked up Vivian Maier: Street Photographer after work the other day to add to my bookshelf. If you haven't followed this story it is truly amazing. Vivian Maier was a nanny by trade who in her spare time always had a Roleiflex around her neck. She managed to amass more than 2,000 rolls of film, 1000s of prints and more than 100,000 negatives that she shared with virtually no one in her lifetime.
At a Chicago auction house in 2007 a young man named John Maloof purchased the contents of a storage locker and what he found were her prints, negatives and more than 1,000 rolls of undeveloped 120 film. It is fascinating to read this unfold from his initial posting on Flickr about his find.
What he discovered were amazing images period images of New York City and Chicago. Images that were so good they challenging some of the best photographers of that period. The images in the collection are simply amazing. John has turned this into a Kickstarter Project to fund a website, a book, numerous shows around the globe and has a documentary coming out on this fascinating woman. Her images are inspiring to look at.
I would highly recommend spending sometime reviewing her portfolio or better yet pick up a copy of the book.
It has been a long day. I am going to crack open a bottle of wine, pour myself a glass and spend some time flipping through Street Photographer.