A Master Street Photographer is Unearthed

Photo by Vivian Maier, courtesy of John Maloof

The late photographer Vivian Maier has been having a bit of resurgence lately — actually, resurgence implies she was known at all. In fact, the Chicago nanny’s work might never have seen the light of day if weren’t for a fortuitous string of events.

It all started when a young real estate agent named John Maloof purchased Maier’s collection of about 10,000 negatives at an auction house in 2007, with the intention of finding archival photos for a book he was working on about a local park. He didn’t find what he was looking for, but instead was propelled on an intense journey to discover who Maier was, and beyond that, bring her the recognition she so richly deserves.

Through his amateur detective work, soliciting advice on Flickr, research, and reaching out to the families she’d worked for, Maloof was able to piece together Maier’s story, and more importantly, ascertain the gold mine he’d stumbled upon. Since then, he’s acquired more of her photos and some of her personal effects: clothing, books, albums, cameras. The collection has grown to about 100,000 black and white negatives and 20-30,000 color slides taken from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Maloof set up this blog to showcase Maier’s photos, sought funding and partnerships, got a book deal, and is working on a documentary film. The project has turned into a full-time job, and consumes him almost entirely. He says he didn’t know what street photography was when he purchased her work. Now, he lives and breathes it.

And amazingly, most of Maier’s work is still unseen, including dozens of undeveloped rolls of film. But what is out there is pretty great — demonstrating a watchful eye, a sense of humor, and a thoughtful appreciation for the small details in life.

The first US exhibition of Maier’s photography is currently running at the Chicago Cultural Center through April 3rd.

Advertisements

13 Responses to “A Master Street Photographer is Unearthed”


  1. 1 steroid use versus abuse March 23, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Why visitors still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world everything is available on web?

  2. 2 living in hawaii June 17, 2014 at 5:21 am

    you’re in point of fact a good webmaster. The site loading speed
    is amazing. It sort of feels that you are doing any unique trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterwork. you’ve done a excellent task on this topic!

  3. 3 saifurrahman.org June 18, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Heya i’m for the primary time here. I came across this board and
    I in finding It truly helpful & it helped me out a lot.

    I hope to provide something again and aid others like you helped me.

  4. 4 Lisette June 19, 2014 at 2:35 am

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this
    onto a friend who was conducting a little research on this.
    And he in fact bought me lunch because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!

    But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here on your
    internet site.

  5. 5 Chanda July 1, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I usually do not write a leave a response, however I browsed a
    great deal of remarks on A Master Street Photographer is Unearthed |.
    I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay. Could
    it be only me or do some of these responses appear as if they are left
    by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing
    at additional sites, I would like to follow you.
    Would you post a list of the complete urls of all your social networking pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

  6. 6 Heather July 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have
    you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy.
    The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!

  7. 7 link August 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Are you attempting to achieve traffic to your website or affiliate link but failing miserably? Are you finding it astonishingly frustrating? It doesn’t matter how much tension you put in, nothing you try seems to reflect the fruits of your labors. Put an end to wasting your hard work and financial resources. There’s now a brand new and improved way to produce rich volumes of traffic on complete auto-pilot. It’s 100% achievable, no purchase fundamental, with really no stealthy catches. Check out the Free Traffic X system now. This viral technology has been in detail designed to use the power of syndication.

  8. 8 tricycles for kids August 26, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Hi mates, its great paragraph on the topic
    of educationand fully defined, keep it up all
    the time.

  9. 9 Zachery September 4, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Very good blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but
    I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for
    a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any tips? Many thanks!

  10. 10 how to apply false nails September 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re working with?

    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a
    difficult time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I ask is because you design seems different
    then most blogs and I’m lkoking forr something completely unique.
    P.SMy apologies for getting off-topic but I had to
    ask!

  11. 11 Larry September 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,
    you may be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and will eventually come
    back very soon. I want to encourage that you continue your great writing, have a nice evening!

  12. 12 tricycles for toddlers September 25, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Hello outstanding blog! Does running a blog such as this take
    a lot of work? I have virtually no knowledge of programming however I had been hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
    Anyway, if you have any recommendations or techniques
    for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic but
    I simply wanted to ask. Thanks a lot!

  13. 13 www.storenvy.com September 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Simply wish to say your article is as amazing. The clarity for your put up is just spectacular and i can assume you
    are knowledgeable in this subject. Fine along with your permission let me to
    grasp your RSS feed to keep up to date with imminent post.
    Thank you a million and please carry on the gratifying
    work.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s





%d bloggers like this: