December 18, 2011

Vivian Maier exhibition in New York

One of the most interesting stories unfolding in photography in recent years, was the accidental discovery of an incredible body of work by an unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. Incredible in terms of quality and the sheer volume of photographs. If you’re not familiar with the backstory  –  in 2007, John Maloof, a real estate agent in Chicago, who was working on a project documenting the one neighborhood in Chicago, discovered and bought a vast collection of negatives and prints of a completely unknown photographer, Vivian Maier.

What makes this story so interesting, is that Vivian Maier had an eye for street photography on par with the great names in photography. Then there is the fortunate twist to the story, in that the images and negatives landed up in the hands of someone like John Maloof who realized what a treasure he had stumbled upon and took care of this legacy with the attention it needed.

This past Friday, 15 Dec 2011, the Vivian Maier exhibition opened up in New York, and I was pretty excited that I was able to attend. It’s always a special event to be able to leisurely look at photographs at an exhibition.

There is such a vast number of images, that the curators of this collection have only started to catalogue the images that stand out. Some of them were on display at this exhibition.

Even more of these photos can be seen in the book that is now available – Vivian Maier: Street Photographer. In my opinion it’s a must-have book if you appreciate Street Photography and Art Photography.
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I don’t want to recount more of the Vivian Maier story, since it is well documented on other sites:
Wikipedia  |  Vivian Maier – website  |  Vivian Maier – bio 
(Of course, a Google search will show you even more.)

 

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1 Annemieke van Baal December 20, 2011 at 3:34 am

I wish it is coming to the Neterlands…

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2 Carol December 21, 2011 at 3:00 am

Her work is amazing! I keep going back to look at it, especially her New York 2 portfolio.

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3 Jeroen van Meggelen December 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

Great story, thanks for posting….nearby Rotterdam would be nice…

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4 Yobe Photography January 2, 2013 at 4:18 am

I saw a brief documentary about her a while back — I’m glad to see these images and this exhibit. Thank you for sharing.

Yobe Crespo

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