Friday, July 15, 2016

Friday for Photography: Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier- Self-Portrait (1954)

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was born in United States in 1926. Her mother was from France and it is there that Vivian grows up. It is also there that she first picks up a camera.  In 1951 she moved to New York and in 1956 she moved to Chicago. She worked as a nanny and photography was merely a hobby. But after the kids grew up, she fell into poverty. She stocked many unprinted rolls into lockers, the content of which was auctioned off.  Her work was rediscovered in 2007 and became popular in a very short amount of time. From archive material researchers are trying to determine which and how Maier would have wanted to print the many rolls that were found.

She basically took her camera everywhere and gives a nice reportage of living in America from the '50 until the 90's. Her most favored subject-matter where the lesser fortuned, besides that she also took a great deal of self-portraits. 

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