Monday, March 28, 2011

Vivian Maier - Her Discovered Work

How have I not seen this sooner?

It all started when John Maloof attended an auction while researching a history book on Chicago. He bid on - and won - a lot consisting of thousands upon thousands of negatives, having no idea what was on them. They turned out to be the work of one Vivian Maier. She was an immensely talented photographer, and the collection contains some of the most amazing 1950s street photography I've ever seen. It's especially incredible when you remember that this was long before digital photography - film was precious, so each one of these pictures was carefully framed, timed and shot individually.

John Maloof has put together a blog in tribute to Vivian, and I believe is working on producing a book of her work.


  1. Wow, these are so beautiful, what an amazing photographer!!! Such a cool story too.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. I adore black and white photography, definitly a name to file away! I stumbled upon an exhibition of John Gay's work in London the year before last and was so blown away I ended up forking out full price for the book there and then, marvelous stuff.

  3. I've heard about her!!!!! Wasn't she a maid, or something? What a talent, and an incredible insight into everyday life. Wow.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. i just went and saw this show at the Chicago Cultural Center over the weekend and loved it! they didn't have info about the blog though, so thanks for sharing :)

  5. I just found your blog because of Casey's link inspirations on ElegantMusings and I had to drop a comment: I am in love and awe of your blog! I love the pictures, the little illustrations of vintage women and your tutorial of how to make the gloves-brooch is adorable! Have saved you in my Bloglovin' immediately :-)

    Hope you'll have time to pay a visit to my blog at! Have a wonderful Sunday.

  6. wonderful photographer that I didn't know at all. Thanks! :)

  7. I love them! Slightly spooked by the lady clutching the doll, not least cos I own an idential one!


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