This is certainly not the first time that I’ve been introduced to Vivian Maier’s work, but I thought this short film by Mortimer Brewster gave us a good array of photography and it definitely evoked an emotion out of me.
Vivian Maier worked as a nanny in Chicago, but in her time off she pursued a passion for street photography. A Rolleiflex camera was her weapon of choice, but photography was just a hobby to Vivian. All of these films and photographs were held in a storage unit in which Vivian owned.
One day John Maloof, a real estate agent, purchased a box of films at an auction in Chicago hoping that he would get some images of the city for a project that he started. What he found really inspired him, bearing in mind that none of these photographs had ever been seen. It turns out Vivian had more than 100,000 negatives and about 20-30,000 negatives that were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960’s-1970’s.
Since the discovery of her images her work has received international acclaim appearing in gallery exhibits, books, and a planned documentary of her life and images. This short film below showcases her black and white photography which has so much depth and tone. I’m a big fan and this piece below makes me like her even more.
If you want to know the whole story, or if you are intrigued, please visit the Vivian Maier website by clicking the link below.