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Vivian Maier Shooting in Obscurity - negs discovered
Old 10-12-2009   #1
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Vivian Maier Shooting in Obscurity - negs discovered

A photographer in Chicago recently purchased the negatives of a
photographer from an estate sale and is posting them online. No one
ever heard of her until now. She had 1000 undeveloped rolls of film he
is going thru. This is worth following.
He is posting her work here


http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

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Old 10-12-2009   #2
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Here is the story straight from the chicago photographer that bought the negs.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/onthest...7622552378986/
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First Chicago get Stochl, an now this !!
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Wow, interesting. Thanks for giving that link.
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Quite a bit of the photos on the blog are NYC, not Chicago. I'd guess she either visited or lived there for a while.
She had a great eye and skill with that camera. Some very powerful stuff.
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Bookmarked. Thanks, it is very cool.
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Thanks, PESPHOTO, strong work! I was unable to make out the type of TLR from her picture. Just wondering. :-)
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im sure someone can tell us the make of the camera
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I think that there's a lesson or two (or three) here for all of us. This woman accomplished this with a twin-lens reflex camera, probably a Rolleiflex. She used just one lens and managed to come up with great compositions with the square format. She wasn't afraid of her subjects, nor were they afraid of her. For the most part they were well aware that she was there.

Think about it next time you agonize over which camera(s) to take, which lenses, how are you ever going to get up the nerve to photograph strangers, OMG! what if they see you? She probably had more than on keeper on every 12 exposure roll too!
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I think that there's a lesson or two (or three) here for all of us. This woman accomplished this with a twin-lens reflex camera, probably a Rolleiflex. She used just one lens and managed to come up with great compositions with the square format. She wasn't afraid of her subjects, nor were they afraid of her. For the most part they were well aware that she was there.

Think about it next time you agonize over which camera(s) to take, which lenses, how are you ever going to get up the nerve to photograph strangers, OMG! what if they see you? She probably had more than on keeper on every 12 exposure roll too!
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Thanks (as I thread another roll of cheap Arista EDU 400 in the Rolleiflex T)
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Great stuff...It is sad though she was not recognized before her death
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im sure someone can tell us the make of the camera
It's a Rolleiflex for sure. Looks like one of the last models with the smaller focussing knob. MX Type 1 or Type 2. Made up to 1954.

She had a great eye for the square negative.

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I think that there's a lesson or two (or three) here for all of us. This woman accomplished this with a twin-lens reflex camera, probably a Rolleiflex. She used just one lens and managed to come up with great compositions with the square format. She wasn't afraid of her subjects, nor were they afraid of her. For the most part they were well aware that she was there.

Think about it next time you agonize over which camera(s) to take, which lenses, how are you ever going to get up the nerve to photograph strangers, OMG! what if they see you? She probably had more than on keeper on every 12 exposure roll too!
Well put. I recall reading about Ruth Orkin. She asked a male photog for advice and he told her to get a TLR because a girl could not deal with a variety of lenses... she took that famous "American Girl in Italy" shot of a bunch of guys ogling a girl walking down a Rome street.

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I'm just amazed.
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Beautiful work. I'm quite taken by the similarity of subject matter and vision between her work and some of the early Friedlander work of the early 60's.
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wow, impressive, and this a genre that I don't especially care for.
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Amazing work -- she was obviously someone who thought a lot about what she was doing.
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Great story and amazing pictures - thanks for the links. Check out the box of (the remaining) undeveloped rolls on the Flickr page!
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As said, too bad she wasn't recognized before her death. What a wonderful body of work - she was very talented, and must have been very inspired.
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Thanks Pes for the links, truly amazing! What's really sad is even she never saw the end results of her own work with all those undeveloped rolls of film.
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Amazing work and I'd love to see more... at the very least a book off her work.
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She really had a good eye - some of her photos are captivating. I'm glad you posted the link - this is one story I'll be following.
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Fantastic work ... great find.
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Great stuff and I am grateful they on RFF.
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Thanks for sharing, it seems she enjoyed taking pictures more than she did developing and showing them.
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I suppose her money went on film, but she didnt have enough to print.
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I think that's a problem with a lot of photographers, the accumulation of undeveoped film. Maybe it's a result of age? In addition to the 40 or so rolls sitting undeveloped around here there are probably twice that many hanging in thedarkroom or tucked in sleeves awaiting their trip under the contact print glass. Still, there are 3 or 4 cameras lying about with half exposed rolls in them...
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The box of her undeveloped is kind of impressive as well.

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Wow these photos are great, a true talent. A testament to an artist's career being one of posthumous credit and celebration, sad, so sad. But a lot of talent.
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The photos are wonderful. It also makes me feel better knowing that I now am down to 5 undeveloped rolls.
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...She wasn't afraid of her subjects, nor were they afraid of her. For the most part they were well aware that she was there.

Think about it next time you agonize over which camera(s) to take, which lenses, how are you ever going to get up the nerve to photograph strangers, OMG! what if they see you?..
From personal experience there's a real difference in attitude towards ladies. As a guy I wouldn't.
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The photos are wonderful. It also makes me feel better knowing that I now am down to 5 undeveloped rolls.
only 5? i have almost 50 now lazy! haha
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I have almost fifty here! I'm tempted to just run it all through Diafine and be done with it. I can aways "fix it when I wet print it"...LOL
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only 5? i have almost 50 now lazy! haha
Heh...I think I'm up to about 25-30.


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I don't have any undeveloped rolls, I always develop them within a day of shooting, but I take forever to get around to scanning the negs. I have about 130 rolls of developed negatives waiting to scan.
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Interesting selfportrait



pity though you did sell part of the negs on Ebay. I think it would have been of more value to keep the negs complete.

Beautiful blog btw!
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