7 thoughts on “Finding Vivian Maier

  1. SC

    I recently used a Vivian Maier photo (with permission and all) on the HB jacket of the US edition of Martha Long’s Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes. (It’s volume one of Long’s, um, five, six, or seven volume autobiography. He Sold Me covers Long’s life in Dublin in the 50s, roughly from age six to nine. I get a little confused by the number/order of the books in Long’s autobiographical series because the UK/US publication dates/title differ.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Ma-He-Sold-Few-Cigarettes/dp/1609804147

    Anyway, I found VM and Long a sympathetic pairing.

  2. SC

    IIRC, the photo on the Martha Long book was taken in France, presumably in the last 40s or early 50s. I like her street photos but I think her self-portraits are her most interesting work.

    The Martha Long books are worth a glance. They are Frank McCourt-like but the early volumes are sadder and, IME, perhaps a little more realistic. People do bad shit to each other–in Dublin, without much money or education. Martha grows up. (Martha’s on the twitters if you are curious.)

  3. Erica Braverman

    I contributed to the kickstarter for this project and am excited to see this movie come to fruition. The Chicago Cultural Center had a small Vivian Maier exhibit when I was in Chicago last, and my friend Connie ooohed and aaaed over her cameras and the photographs displayed. They had her Leica and Rolleiflex on display. You could see the worn leather in the former from where her hands were holding the camera. I love her as a street photographer, but I am drawn to her self-portraits the most.

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