Category Archives: Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier Film Trailer

This is a short trailer for the upcoming documentary film Finding Vivian Maier Trailer. Looks like it will be compulsory viewing, if you’re a fan of mid 20th century street photography. I wrote a few posts about Vivian Maier here and here and here, and certainly I’m fascinated by this discovery and look forward to seeing an exhibition of her work sometime.

– Rory

Vivian Maier in colour

Photograph by Vivian Maier © 2011 Maloof Collection, Ltd.

I was browsing the new Vivian Maier website, and noticed that there is a small colour portfolio (or color if you are Stateside!). While the vast majority of the work on the website is b+w, her colour work does have it’s merits. Certainly when Maier worked in colour, it was the colour that seems to have caught her attention – case in point the photo above. Well, the colour may have caught her eye in this one, but what really catches the eye is her sense of humour – this photo is hilarious! While the colour work on the website is not profuse (9 images versus nearly 200 b+w), it is certainly excellent, some of the shots reminding me of Saul Leiter or even Eggleston.

Photograph by Vivian Maier © 2011 Maloof Collection, Ltd

If you haven’t seen the new Vivian Maier website, take a look at it here. There’s also a book in the works which hopefully will be as excellent as what we have seen on the web so far.

– Rory

** Looks like there is a Vivian Maier exhibition coming up in London next week – see this link. Thanks to Barry Walsh for the tip

More Vivian Maier

Self Portrait (c) Vivian Maier

Came across a video on John Maloof, the man who has bought and is scanning over 100,000 Vivian Maier negatives (thanks to Gary!). The short video tells the story of how John came into possession of the negatives (he bought them in an auction), and how he discovered what he had bought. Big kudos to Mr. Maloof for realising  the importance of what he has discovered (and I don’t mean the monetary value, although that is evidently increasing rapidly), and for doing the right thing in terms of attempting to archive this huge body of work.

You can see the video here.

John Maloof’s Vivian Maier website is here

(c) Vivian Maier

(c) Vivian Maier

– Rory

Vivian Maier


(c) Vivian Maier

This story has turned up at various places around the internet this week. Vivian Maier was born in New York in 1926, and on days off work would stroll around the streets of New York taking pictures. Some 100,000+ frames of negatives have been found, many of which she has never seen printed herself. The story of how they were found, and what is happening to them can be read at the New York Times blog here.

– Rory

ADDENDUM: Best place to read more about Vivian Maier is on the blog page set up by John Maloof, who seems to have acquired most of her negatives, here.

About the find, he says

I acquired Vivian’s negatives while at a furniture and antique auction. From what I know, the auction house acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to delinquent payments.