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Discovery of master street photographer Vivian Maier

Photo by Vivian Maier

There is a new name to add to the archives of masterful street photographers. Vivian Maier. She worked in Chicago from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. Her photographs reveal a keen wit, studied compositions, and a knack for capturing the magical moments of life.

Photo by Vivian Maier

Vivian’s work was discovered by John Maloof when he bought approximately¬† 100,000 plates, negatives, and undeveloped rolls of film from an antiques auction.

Photo by Vivian Maier

Little is known about her life. She was a nanny who was well liked by the children, but was standoffish with adults. Every Sunday, her day off, she set for the streets with her Rolleiflex camera. She died just a few days before Maloof googled her name with the hope of making contact.

Photo by Vivian Maier

Maloof is tackling the daunting task of looking through glass plates, developing rolls of film, scanning images, and cataloging each item in the boxes of her work. He wants to give Vivian Maier the recognition she deserves.

Photo by Vivian Maier

You can follow the progress Maloof is making by visiting his blog.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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