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Great photographs, I feel a connection with the photographer, these are some of my b&w photographs from the '60's and 70's. http://www.scottschildgen.com/Other/This-is-the-best-part-of-the/1028738_PyZUQ
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Well amazingly 800+ people have visited my website today, but only one person took time to leave a comment. Thanks for visiting though.
as a photographer myself, i am in love with many of these photographs! i especially love that she seems to be using an old Arugs or some other TLR. thanks for sharing this!
The high contrast photography of her 6x6 camera is very interesting. I'm sure that others simply enjoy the view quietly because the comments often are repeated, but the art is striking. As a former photographer, she does have a unique eye for the medium which is sure to make a great coffee table book for other 'quiet' artists that never speak a word of praise, but simply sit back and admire in awe, wishing that they could be as dedicated and devoted as Vivian was to the artform.
Wow - love B&W. A friend, also in Seattle, sent this article to me. Not sure why these particular photos were chosen, but there's a somberness to almost all but about three (#'s: 33, 34, 43). It's wondrous to look at the buildings, cars, fashion, mimicking of poses from the past. What a treasure trove; many thanks for sharing.
I love these kind of pictures,B&W takes away the life out of these pictures but gives us back the mistery needed by an artist.I have seen many B&W pictures these are the first that leave a mark on my pupils.
SUPERB! As with so many artist's, they are not truly appreciated, nor even discovered, until after they have passed on! Some seek not to be in the spotlight, and create their art for themselves, while others just to share, then there are those whom seek recognition whilst they are alive and still able to enjoy the fruits of their labors. In so many cases, such as Van Gogh; we lose the greatness of their personage before they are ever seen for their true worth. Then only in retrospect does the world come to realize the tremendous loss to humanity as a whole, that has occurred. A pity, and a shame that we will never know if Vivian Maier's works were for herself, or she actually aspired to find greatness in her lifetime, and not knowing the means by which to achieve such notice, gave up on an attempt to be known, or whether she was only in it, [her art]; for her own personal satisfaction? Regardless, what a loss, and to have such talent found in a box, only after such a long life? The true question is, was she content, happy, sad, did it matter to her, whether she was famous prior to her passing? I guess the world will never know! I wonder, how many other geniuses, are out there waiting to be discovered? How many are seeking it in their short time here on this physical plane, how many could care less if they are ever found. How many have given up, because they did not feel that they were worth the effort, and how many are striving to be seen, but are over looked, by the uncaring, or unaware? Here is to the silent artist's everywhere, and the lives the lead, live, or have lived! PEACE=LOVE=UNITY=RESPECT=EQUALITY! PLURE FOR SHORT, KUDOS, AND THANK YOU ALL! AS LIFE IS MUCH THE RICHER FOR YOU'RE CONTRIBUTIONS TO IT, WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE EVER FOUND OR NOT? GOD BLESS YOU AND US ALL! Jafarm2
Echoes of many European and American photographers but a voice all her own. An astonishing discovery!
These are wonderful pictures - I agree with the post that said she felt a connection to someof the pictures. How sad that this woman never got the recognition she deserves while she was alive. I hope you show them far adn wide, adn I'm gald you put tehm on the internet - thankyou.
Vivian's photography is off the map! her own view of the world as she saw it brings such emphathy for all her subjects whether a bridge or a small boy getting into a box. I so look forward to seeing her show that is at the Chicago Cultural Center! Thank you Mr. Maloof for bringing Vivian's world to us.
I think the more years pass the more these photos gain value and become treasure.
Amazing. I can't wait for my son to see these - he's something of a street photographer himself. These photos, and the story behind them are just wonderful. Thank you, John Maloof, for sharing them with the world.
WOW...These photos are astounding. I can't wait for my daughter to see these! She is a Senior at East Carolina University majoring in photography. What a treasure you have uncovered. Thank you for sharing and giving Vivian Maier her recognition!
Vivian Maier will rank among the very best photographers of humanity. If you don't know much about photography, know this, she is a one-in-a-billion photographer. Love that she is so enigmatic - adds another layer of intrigue. She's a photo-God.
* Don't even try to replicate her work -- it will never happen.Need to find you own voice - she could certainly sing at the Met. No photo class could ever teach what she was born with. Just sit back and marvel.
THANK YOU JOHN MALOOF!
Thank you John, a photographer has to find their own voice much like a journalist or writer. I'm an amateur photographer and still searching for mine. Growing up in the 60s and viewing black and white photographs for most of my life makes me partial or favor b&w photography. Though my cameras shoot excellent color I mostly produce my photos in black and white ... it's a certain authenticity to them or something, something I just can't put my finger on. But, whatever that something is Maier found it.
I am late to the Vivian Maier train but thankfully, as they say, better late than never. I found myself saying "holy cow" as well. If you have an ounce of street photographer in you, you will recognize many shots that you have already missed in your mind's eye... Oh, thank you John Maloof, for finding,"seeing," and sharing.
It brought tears to my eyes when i first saw the pictures and her story (Vivian Maier). I am so glad they where discovered by the right person, so the world could see all those wonderful pictures that where taken and the hours spent on her passion and are finally being appreciated by all. What a shame she was not able to see it.
Are you willing to sell any, would love to have oneKw
I love your pictures.
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