Sunday

ode to vivian.























these photos are from negatives purchased at an auction house that acquired them from a storage locker sold off due to delinquent payments. the medium format negatives, over 40,000, were taken in the 1950s - 1970s by vivian maier, a street photographer in chicago.

the images were purchased by john maloof who is doing his best to catalog/archive the work of maier who recently passed away in obscurity.
10-15,000 of the negatives were still in rolls, undeveloped from the 1960's-1970's and there are still about 600 rolls yet to develop.

he googled her about a year after purchasing the negatives only to find her obituary placed the day before his search. she passed away only a couple of days before the inquiry on her.

amazing photographs. amazing story.

4 comments:

  1. wow. that is quite a story. these are amazing.

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  2. I love unexpected kittens! (Not so much unexpected urination.)

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  3. I love this! What a treasure!

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  4. A decade-by decade gallery of Jane Brown's photos appeared in the UK newspaper The Guardian this week. You can click to see the photos full screen. It's quite nice.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/interactive/2009/oct/22/jane-bown-photography

    Your blog is wonderful, by the way. Baltimore is onto it now. Thanks.

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