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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Vivian Maier

I will make this short and sweet -- if you do nothing else today, please go to the Shutter Sisters blog and read "a legacy". You will discover an incredible photographer, Vivian Maier. Her story -- and how she was recently discovered -- is astounding. Make sure you follow the link to the video!

I am totally in awe of the talent of this secretive woman, who was not a formal photographer but rather, a Chicago nanny. Her hobby, her passion, was her photography, but she never shared her works with anyone. Amazingly, she has come to light only because tubs of her negatives -- tens of thousands of images, representing decades of her work -- were bought at an auction by John Maloof, who had no idea that those negatives would reveal this unknown talent. What a discovery!

But enough from me. Go! Read "a legacy" and follow all the links there too!


nacherluver said...

Beautiful story. Read one very similar about a man that was told in Reader's Digest.
Her photos are not only wonderful pieces of art but she has captured so much history!
Love it. Thanks for sharing.

Carmen said...

Gràcies per oferir-nos a aquest fotògraf. Feliç any nou.

Leslie Jane Moran said...

I foresee another trip to Chicago sooner than later :) Wonderful, wonderful post. I've not had a head for reading lately, but this was really a neat story. Thanks for enlightening us all.

Susan Williamson said...

This was a magical story Lennie. It makes you realize that nothing is ever really lost; it's just waiting to be discovered. Thanks for posting this story. You've made my day.

Anonymous said...

A belated Happy, pictureful 2011 to you, Lennie.

WOW!!! What a goose-bumpily breathtaking discovery. Thanks so much for this incredible story. Sad that she was never discovered during her lifetime, but how nice for the world that these treasures remain.

Joanne Dale

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