Vivian Maier?!

My so-called Luck admittedly had a little to suffer under the immense load of work I had to deal with during the past four days. Luckily, there’s a bit more time for today’s post to compensate for it. And what a gem this one is! Do you know the name Vivian Maier?! No? Don’t worry, nor did I until this week. But we all should remember it, because the art AND the story behind the name Vivian Maier is astonishing and amazing!

Vivian Maier was a nanny who lived in New York and Chicago. In her leisure time she photographed the people on the streets. It was her secret hobby and she was extremely private with it. Neither her closest friends nor the families she lived with or the kids she raised knew anything about it. Until… in 2007 26-year-old John Maloof placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer in an auction house. This box contained street photography of extremely high quality and was the final discovery of Vivian Maier’s talent. I saw these pics and was FASCINATED! They immededly remembered me on my two favorite street photographers ever – Robert Doisneau and Brassaï – and the way they were depicting the people of Paris. But none of them had such a great story to provide with their photography as Vivian Maier has!

I wish you a weekend full of amazing new discoveries!

57-303May 16, 1957

1003May 5, 1955, New York, NY

2371Undated, Chicago, IL

2403Emmett Kelly as the clown figure “Weary Willie”, Undated

3383Untitled, Undated

55-549Self Portrait, 1955

I long to watch this movie soon:

All photos taken from vivianmaier.com. Like always: All credits appear after clicking the links. If you are interested in putting ads on My so-called Luck feel free to email me for details!

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