Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Vivian Maier 1926 - 2009 Photographer Extraordinaire

One of the finest street photographers who ever lived was a woman named Vivian Maier....I am writing about her because I feel a kinship with her...Her photographs which were discovered recently are some of the finest ever done...Go to her web site ( which they created for her and see what I mean...Below is an excerpt from the online encyclopedia Wikipedia...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Maier in one of several self-portraits she took on the streets of Chicago

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American amateur street photographer who was born in New York but grew up in France, and after returning to the U.S., worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago. During those years she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes most often in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide.
Her photographs remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until they were discovered by a local historian, John Maloof, in 2007. Following Maier's death her work began to receive critical acclaim.[1][2] Her photographs have appeared in newspapers in Italy, Argentina, and England, and have been exhibited alongside other artists' work in Denmark and Norway; her first solo exhibition ran at the Chicago Cultural Center from January 8 until April 3, 2011.[3][4]


I noticed that one of her photos was a shot taken of a man selling papers and magazines in a kiosk..This reminded me of a shot I took many years ago in Chicago while I was there visiting with relatives...It is also of a man selling papers and magazines in a kiosk...I call it,"It's so nice to be nice"...

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