Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Photography Of Vivian Maier

This story is every junker's dream - a trip to an auction that ends in the score of a lifetime - literally. John Maloof, who was working on a book about Chicago, bought a lot of photo negatives that came from a delinquent storage unit. They turned out to be a lifetime's worth of work - over 100,000 images - of an amateur street photographer named Vivian Maier.

Since his discovery, he has put in countless hours and a big chunk of his own money processing her work. It has to be an overwhelming responsibility - but what treasure hunter among us wouldn't love to have been the one to make this discovery? It's mind boggling.

He has an account set up on Kickstarter to take donations for a book and documentary that he is working on about Vivian's life and work. I can't wait for both!


8 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm so into this story. And the images are just amazing.

Barbara said...

Fascinating story, thanks for sharing it!

Vicki Munn said...

i love this story too! What an awesome find. Reminds me of the Sartorialist - street photography.

Rhan Vintage said...

So incredible. What an amazing find!

voguevintage said...

WOW I am speechless. These photos are amazing and the story, the guy who bought them....incredible.

She Can't Decide said...

this is really interesting...really a special time captured in a creative way...

Vintage London said...

Beautiful photographs, Thanks for sharing them and their amazign story.

jakki said...

i love seeing that so many people are into this story and have been so touched by it. not only can i not get over the sheer beauty of her work and the natural ability she seemed to possess at capturing such fantastic moments, but also the whole way in which her work has been discovered is incredible as well. amazing.